College Voices: Anchor Down, Burn Out

College Voices sits down with students to discuss feelings of academic burnout and mental health challenges during the spring semester

As the spring semester winds down and finals season begins, the end of a long and unprecedented year of classes amidst a global pandemic is in sight. Yet for some students, feelings of academic burnout coupled with mental health challenges make it hard to rejoice. Even for Vanderbilt students, who are generally accustomed to heavy course loads and full extracurricular schedules, fourteen straight weeks of classes without a significant break has taken its toll.

Inspired by Staff Writer Zoel Abel’s article by the same title, College Voices speaks to three different students about their experiences with burnout this semester and how they went from feeling helpless to seeking help.

Further Reading:

Anchor Down, Burn Out: Staff Writer Zoe Abel shares her own take on academic burnout and how it has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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