School and Anxiety

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behindtheseeyes00987
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   Posted 8/28/2008 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I just finally got myself back into school this week (hooray!) but i've been not feeling very well lately.
I have some concern. Last night I had a panic attack when I had to switch up my schedule and try and figure out what replacement classes I can take and what times...it might not seem like a big deal...but it is...
 
anyway, I'm still in the process of sorting things out. I tried to go see my counselor today but I wasn't able too. I've known my counselor for quite some time now, but I haven't spoken with her in over a month. That's forever. I'm feeling a little scared and anxious to schedule another session, because I feel that given the summer months, I've grown apart from counseling. But I know that counseling will always be an essential part of my lifestyle because deny it or not, I'll always need it.
 
I have a teacher, who is also a licensed counselor, but in all honestly I find her a little intimidating. I would like to talk to her about some concerns with my class and assignments, but I just feel like I'm too old and I should know. Any students out there feel like they would like to ask questions and talk with their teachers but never do because they feel intimidated??
 
I just feel like for me school is a waste of time because I have a hard time focusing and I don't think I could commit myself to doing anything that great.I'm suprised I've made it this far.
 
To sum it up, I'm just having some jitters and pessimistic thoughts about starting a new school year, succeeding in another school year, being able to be honest and communitive with my teachers and trying to get back int he swing of things with my counselor even I love her I feel really intimidated by her sometimes also.
 
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nervymeg
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   Posted 8/28/2008 11:27 PM (GMT -7)   
behindtheseeyes00987 said...
 
 
I have a teacher, who is also a licensed counselor, but in all honestly I find her a little intimidating. I would like to talk to her about some concerns with my class and assignments, but I just feel like I'm too old and I should know. Any students out there feel like they would like to ask questions and talk with their teachers but never do because they feel intimidated?? 

Yes!!! I'm back studying after a ten year break and I'm the biggest dork in class, but I still feel scared to approach my lecturers sometimes. Do you have email access to your teacher? I find that if I send an email to my lecturer and set up a time to talk either on the phone or face to face then my anxiety is significantly reduced.  I've found that teachers usually really want to help out and they appreciate us respecting their time and knowledge. In fact some of them just love to bang on, and on and on...!
 
I just started a new semester and I had the same feelings of pessimism (I obviously haven't learnt how to spell yet!) "why am I even doing this?", "I'll fail for sure", "I can't cope" etc, but now that I'm back in there and know all my assesments I am feeling a lot better. Just throw yourself back in, expect some nerves, and be prepared for them.
 
It sounds like you know what you are doing re your counsellor. Maybe you could tell her that you are intimidated by her, it may be something useful to work through. Good luck with your new school year, I hope you achieve all your goals and have a bit of fun on the way. turn
 
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stkitt
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   Posted 8/29/2008 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning,

I think your feelings are legitamate so go with them but remember you have anxiety it does not have you.

Stick with the good thoughts, the positive thoughts and kick the "stinkin thinkin" thoughts to the curb.

You will accomplish your goals, just take it one day at a time.

Hugs
Kitt

 


 

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percycat
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   Posted 8/29/2008 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi!

I understand the fears and concerns about returning to school. If you're in a college setting and are somewhat older than most other students, that can contribute to feeling inadequate. Just remember that your school wouldn't have enrolled you if they didn't think you had the chance to succeed.

You might also feel less overwhelmed or intimidated by the workload if you can find some good study partners. Even if you commute, it can help if you bounce ideas off others by phone or email.

I think your original counselor will understand the ebb and flow of connection during the school year. Likely, she's used to the connection weakening when students are away from school over the summer, and knows that it can take a little time to reestablish that comfortable link. It seems that she's helped you in the past, and so I encourage you to arrange to see her again. You may feel a little sheepish, but it's okay that your relationship has fluctuated a little, so try not to beat yourself up.

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