CAPS Student Hero: Avery Nguyen

CAPS isn’t just a place for students to go for counseling – it’s also a place where students love to get involved! Today, we’re profiling one of fabulous students, Avery Nguyen, who is currently serving on the CAPS Student Advisory board for a second year. Thanks for all you do, Avery!

Avery Nguyen, Student Advisory Board Member

Avery Nguyen, Student Advisory Board Member

What’s your favorite part about being a UCSC student?

My favorite part of attending UCSC is being able to take a break from school and be surrounded by the redwoods.

Tell us about something you’re passionate about outside of school (e.g., clubs, hobbies, interests, volunteering, activities, etc.)

When I get time away from schoolwork, I like to indulge my internet addiction, watching my favorite TV shows and reading articles on social issues.

If you could share one thing that you’d like your peers to know about CAPS, what would it be?

If you’re unfamiliar with CAPS, I’d like to pass on that it’s a really welcoming and safe space with and for many different types of people!

Avery Nguyen is a third year student affiliated with Porter College, majoring in psychology and feminist studies.

Stress Less

I’ve been talking to students all week, all of whom have one thing in common – they’re stressed right now as they are getting ready for finals. Many of them have other stressors that they’re managing as well – family issues, illness, relationship conflicts, depression, roommate issues – that don’t go away just because it’s crunch time at school.

Stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It can help us get motivated or give us the extra energy to stay up late to get a paper done when we’d really rather be sleeping. But too much stress can actually become paralyzed. We end up expending our valuable energy just managing the stress itself, and responsibilities, self-care, and yes, grades, can fall by the wayside.

When stress is overwhelming, how can you stress less? One of the best antidotes to becoming totally overwhelmed by stress is good self care. Getting sleep, eating nutritious foods, limiting alcohol and drug use, and finding time to relax are all important pieces of stress management. If you’re extremely stressed and think you don’t have time for self-care, consider the amount of time unhealthy levels of stress are costing you. High levels of stress wreak havoc on our learning, memory, concentration, and ability to think critically – all pretty important for your final exams. Efficiency and time management also suffer when stress leads to procrastination.

CAPS workshopAnother suggestion? Get support! Studies show that students who seek support are more likely to succeed academically than students who don’t. One place to get support around stress is at CAPS’ “Stress Less” workshop this Thursday from 11-12pm. All students are welcome and the workshop is free. Join us at CAPS on the 2nd floor, East Wing of the Health Center (directly above the pharmacy).

For more information about our workshop or to request disability related accommodations, please call (831) 459-2628.

CAPS Student Hero: Jennifer Amador

UCSC CAPS Advisory Board

Jennifer Amador, Student Advisory Board

What’s your favorite part about being a UCSC student?

I love the natural beauty of this campus. I mean, if we want to hike and explore we have the forest (which is like the whole campus) and if we want the beach, it’s just a bus ride away.

Tell us about something you’re passionate about outside of school (e.g., clubs, hobbies, interests, volunteering, activities, etc.)

During the summer I volunteer with various groups and organizations to promote various topics from cultural pride to academic tutoring among teenagers. When I’m not sleeping or doing homework, I enjoy watching movies, hanging out with my friends and swimming.

If you could share one thing that you’d like your peers to know about CAPS, what would it be?

CAPS is an awesome resource. Just because you use CAPS’s services, it doesn’t mean you’re crazy or that something is wrong with you. CAPS is there to help out no matter how complicated or simple your questions and/or problems are.

Jennifer Amador is a second-year Oakes student, majoring in psychology.