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What if I feel overwhelmed?

In this video produced by Griffith Student Services, students answer the question “What helps?”.

On this page find out about online counselling, expecting the unexpected, and how to apply for extensions.

Did you know… Griffith offers students online counselling via drop-in chat sessions and video counselling appointments?

Online counselling

Students studying online can access Griffith’s counselling services by booking an appointment via the link at the top of the Counselling and Wellbeing page (scroll down so that the button appears). This page will also give you information about who can access the service and the Offshore Student Support Program.

The signs of being swamped

Quicker temper than usual? Eating too much… or too little? Forgetting more than usual? These are some of the signs that you are under pressure.

It is hard to admit that you can’t manage everything that you have going on… But unless you do, you won’t be able to take the steps to truly manage your commitments.

Sit back and take a breath. It won’t take long. Work out what is really important right now, and what can you change to reduce the load.

This article, 17 things to do when you are feeling overwhelmed, has some simple, common sense strategies.

Expecting the unexpected

John Lennon said that “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”.

You might have done all the right things in managing your study, but life can throw unexpected hurdles your way.

If you are experiencing crisis, Griffith Student Crisis Support can offer help.

Extensions and withdrawals - what you need to know

If your study commitments are something that need to change, the earlier you look into your options the better.

Your Course Profile is the official description of the course, and outlines requirements to pass the course. Read the information on assessment carefully, and contact your convenor to discuss your personal circumstances.

You can also search “Ask Us” for answers to questions such as:

It is important to understand the effect of withdrawing from a course. This impact varies depending on if you withdraw before or after Census Date.

Taking a break from study

There are many reasons why you might be thinking about needing a break. Make sure that you are fully informed about how to take a break from study and support options available.

Wondering if what you are studying is right for you?

Griffith can help you explore your options so you can be sure that your study path is the right one for you.

Now might be a good time to pause to consider how your study fits with your career plans. Griffith’s Careers and Employment Service offers individual consultations and resources to help you advance your career.