June 1, 2023
  • 12:08 pm Fall Convocation 2022: “The State of this University is Strong”
  • 9:37 pm Ogrin Brings the Thunder in Toros 12-3 rout; team plays for playoff championship tomorrow
  • 7:00 am Outstanding Professor Award Recipient’s Mic Drop Moment at Last Month’s Virtual Ceremony
  • 9:10 am Bookworms of the World Unite!
  • 7:46 pm Breaking News: All Students Living in Campus Housing Required to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
  • 9:00 am CSUDH Esports Creates International Competition
  • 9:35 am Spring Commencement Ceremonies Get Brighter
  • 3:46 pm Breaking News: Spring Commencement Ceremonies Recieve Stadium Upgrade
  • 8:00 am Testing the Teachers (and All the Educators)
  • 9:30 am CSUDH Educators and School Employees, Vaccinated Next
  • 10:30 am For White People Only: Anti-Racism Workshop Addresses Racial Bias and Unity
  • 2:43 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 10:02 am Straight Down the Chimney and Into Your (Digital) Hands: Special Holiday Edition of The Bulletin!
  • 2:44 pm Did You Wake up Looking this Beautiful?
  • 11:43 am A Long History for University’s Newest Major
  • 5:15 pm Issue 5 of Bulletin Live! Collector’s Item! Worth its Weight in Digital Paper!
  • 4:06 pm Special Election Issue
  • 4:03 pm Three best Latinx Halloween & Horror Short Films available now on HBO Max
  • 9:49 am Issue 3 of CSUDH Bulletin Live if You Want It
  • 3:24 pm Hispanic Heritage Month Update
  • 2:00 pm South Bay Economic Forecast Goes Virtual
  • 3:52 pm BREAKING NEWS: Classes for Spring to be Online, CSU Chancellor Announces
  • 9:39 am “Strikes” and Solidarity
  • 8:30 am March Into History: Just 5 in 1970, CSUDH Growth Shaped by Historic Event
  • 8:30 am Will the Bulletin Make Today Tomorrow?
  • 9:04 am Different Neighborhoods Warrant Rubber Bullets or Traffic Control For Protesters
  • 5:07 pm STAFF EDITORIAL: Even Socially Distant, We All Have to Work Together
  • 5:47 pm Transcript of CSUDH President Parham’s Coronavirus Announcement
  • 10:46 am Cal State Long Beach Suspends Face-to-Face Classes; CSUDH Discussing Contingency Plans
  • 5:26 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
  • 10:25 am Latinx Students Need a Place to Call Home
  • 2:35 pm Will Time Run Out Before Funds for PEGS? [UPDATED]
  • 8:41 am Year of the Rat? What’s That?
  • 6:20 am Artist Who Gave Life to Death and Inspired Countless Others Gets His Due at Dominguez Hills
  • 5:16 pm Why I’m Rooting for Dr. Cornel West
  • 5:00 pm Under Fire from the Feds, Vaping’s Future is Cloudy
  • 3:28 pm We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat; Tsunami 3.0 Hits Campus, Enrollment Swells
  • 4:48 pm University Weathering a Wave of New Students
  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
  • 4:27 pm Black is the New Black: Raising the Capital on the “B” Word
  • 10:53 am Guns Up for Arrest: Student advocacy group pushes for CSU No Gun Zones–Including the Police
  • 4:09 pm Staff Editorial: Words on the First
  • 8:42 pm Carson Mayor Blasts Media, Landmark Libel Case in Keynote Address
  • 9:27 am Free Speech Week Calendar of Events Update
  • 6:02 am Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
  • 3:24 pm Green Olive to Open By End of Feb; Starbucks Not Until Fall
  • 3:20 pm Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Hailed for Extensive Funding Increases
  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
  • 3:36 pm Career Center Holds Major/Minor Fair
  • 5:34 pm After Unexpected Delay, Undocumented Becomes More Intimate Theatrical Production
  • 1:30 pm What to Expect When You’re Expecting New Buildings
  • 1:17 pm Peaches, Peaches, Peaches
  • 1:14 pm Bonner Crowned: The Fearless Leader
  • 1:10 pm A Legacy Defined: Cilecia Foster
  • 1:03 pm The Toros Sweep Stanislaus State, Start CCAA Championships 
  • 12:56 pm Year In Review: 2022-23 Toros Athletics 

Feeling the pressure of one final semester before walking across the stage. Photo by: Tangerine Newt on Unsplash.

By Katherine Quezada, Staff Reporter.

Senioritis. Living 78 miles away from campus and commuting five times a week for school and work. Gas prices rising and taking 18 units as a full-time student in my final semester has led to exhaustion, loss of sleep, depression, an overwhelming amount of stress, and burnout. 

“Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress,” states helpguide.org. It has caused me to feel overwhelmed, and emotionally drained and I’ve lost the capability to meet constant demands like deadlines for school and work. Coming back to in-person classes for the first time after two years of online courses, while trying to return to normalcy is something that has been a challenge I did not expect. 

I was excited to come back on campus and interact with people in person and create connections during my final semester before walking across the stage on commencement day. All I wish, for now, is that classes would have remained virtual so I had more time to work on assignments and still get the right amount of sleep to function properly.

The final stretch, as the finish line was already visible, yet it feels easier to give up and fail one class that I can retake in the summer. Even if it means to lengthen my college career by one semester and graduating a couple of months later.

However, there is still a small bit of motivation and determination to end strong and graduate on time that keeps me going even when I find no purpose in doing so. What keeps me motivated is being the first in my family to obtain a degree in higher education. My parents crossed borders and overcame challenges to seek the American dream. I am a part of their success story and the American dream in the making. They came to this country to give their kids a better life. A better life meant a better education that would lead to a better future. I can’t give up for myself and for my parents.

I’ve never been a student that lacks discipline and produces mediocre work, yet that’s what my reality has become. Instead of diving deep into my assignments that I once enjoyed, I now lack the creativity and motivation to keep up with my classes. Sometimes I do not even bother submitting my homework on time for my deadlines.

Commuting 160 miles to and from school with the infamous Los Angeles traffic, just driving alone can sometimes take up to four and a half hours, almost the same amount of commute as if someone were driving to Las Vegas one way. Having to wake up at 5 a.m. and ending school at 10 p.m. on my longest days has become difficult to even fit a meal into my schedule and enjoy it. When I have little time to focus on my school work it can seem impossible to make sure I can earn an A grade for my classes.

College students don’t only attend school and do homework. A lot of them work multiple jobs, have romantic relationships, partake in clubs and other extracurricular activities. It can be hard to do all of the things they need to and take the time to also replenish which is a form of self care. I take the time to get extra sleep throughout the days when I can and eat an extra meal throughout the day. It can be difficult to live a balanced life when school has such high importance in our lives because it’s what we need to accomplish before going out into the real world and working in the field we chose to study. 

The rise in gas prices and sometimes not being able to afford the commute leads to skipping class multiple times a week and returning to school lost at times. In just one week of commuting almost every day I can spend up to $200 of gas for my used Scion TC 2005 car, yet I can’t afford to buy a new vehicle that may be better on gas, therefore it’s a challenge I have to learn to deal with.

Along with some classes being in-person on certain days and other times it being virtual it can lead to a high inconvenience for someone like myself that can avoid commuting on some days throughout the week because professors can choose when to and do not have in-person classes.  

There are multiple challenges I’ve faced in the last three months but nonetheless, I’m grateful that I’m only tackling them in my final semester. 

In the last three months, I’ve experienced self-doubt and felt like a failure. I’ve lacked motivation and purpose. I’m irritable and I’ve isolated myself from loved ones and friends, at times I have withdrawn from my responsibilities, I’ve experienced detachment and felt alone, and I’m tired, drained, and depressed. 

Although through it all, I continue to remind myself that I’m so close to the finish line. I can’t let burnout defeat me on the last lap when I’ve made it this far in the race. All success stories have moments of difficult challenges before the epilogue, and mine is this one. Everything will be worth it the moment I hear my name coming out of the speakers while I walk across the stage on commencement day and make my loved ones proud.


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