Signs of Burnout: When the Journey Isn’t Over Yet



Academic Burnout often results from emotional and physical exhaustion, caused by excessive and prolonged stress.

According to Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s website, study burnout occurs when you feel overwhelmed and unable to meet constant demands. Furthermore as the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest or motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place.

As a result, study burnout reduces your productivity and saps your energy, and may leave you feeling increasingly hopeless, powerless, cynical, and resentful.

Academic burnout is a common struggle amongst all college students, and is not an easy battle to fight if left untamed.

Because we want to C U Succeed, and inspired by the article 10 Signs You’re Burning Outwe have created a common list of “burnout signs” and what we suggest you do about them.

Our TOP 5 Burnout Signs and Suggestions

1. Exhaustion.717e82c652735200416212b36445f0d441c4dcd5df61e017d1c0c40428d7dcb3

One way to overcome exhaustion is to ensure that you are getting enough sleep.

“Most college students need about seven to nine hours of sleep each day. However, everyone is different; as few as six hours and as many as 11 hours may be appropriate for you.” 

How Much Sleep Do We Really Need? (n.d.). Retrieved from URL

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  • Want more information about sleeping tips, myths, sleeping disorders, and additional resources? Check out our friends in Healthy Campus for more detailed information! 


2. Lack of Motivation.motiv.gif


Sometimes it can be extremely frustrating when (if) you feel overwhelmed and pressured by everything in the world around you.

And sometimes…

You just need a listening ear or someone to assist you in creating solutions.

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3. Frustration, Cynicism, and Other Negative Emotions.


Maintaining the title of a “college student” is no walk in the park, and it can be quite stressful! It takes a lot of hard work, discipline, focus, and most importantly it REQUIRES resiliency.

While yes, sometimes being a student can feel challenging, you must give yourself credit for what all you have achieved so far! Besides, this is the experience that will impact your life forever, make it count.

All in all, try not to be so hard on yourself. College is the place where you are challenged to learn beyond your own perspective/experience.

Suggestions by Healthy Campus

  • Seek help from a qualified mental health care provider if you are overwhelmed, feel you cannot cope, have suicidal thoughts, or are using drugs or alcohol to cope.
  • Get proper health care for existing or new health problems.
  • Stay in touch with people who can provide emotional and other support.
  • Recognize signs of your body’s response to stress, such as difficulty sleeping, increased alcohol and other substance use, being easily angered, feeling depressed, and having low energy.
  • Set priorities – decide what must get done and what can wait.  Learn to say no to new tasks if they are putting you into overload.
  • Note what you have accomplished at the end of the day, not what you have been unable to do.
  • Avoid dwelling on problems.
  • Exercise regularly – just 30 minutes per day of gentle walking can help boost mood and reduce stress.
  • Schedule regular times for healthy and relaxing activities.
  • Explore stress coping programs, which may incorporate meditation, yoga, tai chi or other gentle exercises.


4. Cognitive Distractions.7658284016_71661b1a78_b

So many things to do, so many things happening at once, and so many ways to do and handle them all! 

Your brain may be on overload just from reading about everything that you have to do (and have already put off).

Everyone experiences symptoms of distress at one time or another; however, if symptoms persist over time and/or increase in severity, this may indicate need for assistance.

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can actually be beneficial in some situations. For some people, however, anxiety can become excessive. While the person suffering may realize their anxiety is too much, they may also have difficulty controlling it and it may negatively affect their day-to-day living.

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5. Lack of Social Connection/Interaction


Researchers have found that people are happier when they are with other people than when they are alone, regardless if you are an introvert or extrovert.

Happiness is contagious and benefits others through three degrees of separation. The positive effects from connecting with others are lasting effects that can last as long as a year.


Healthy Campus recommend these following tips:

  • Get Involved

Clemson University Student Organizations

There are many diverse student organizations at Clemson University.  Some examples include the following focuses:  advocacy, religion, service, cultural, professional, recreation and sports, and greek life.

On-Campus Internships and Jobs

Campus Life

Information about getting involved, diversity programs, recreation and entertainment on campus, safety, planning for future career, and transitioning to campus.

Multicultural Programs

Provides educational and celebratory programs and services that support an inclusive campus community in which its members value diversity with them and others.

Campus Recreation Trips

Trips are scheduled during fall, spring and summer semesters.

Clemson University Outreach

From statewide research, extension and regulatory programs to student organizations, undergraduate research, class projects, service-learning, alternative breaks, mission trips and faculty efforts, Clemson is focused on serving others and identifying and solving current community needs.

Creative Inquiry

Undergraduate Research – Creative Inquiry allows students to engage in higher-order thinking, reflect on learning and connect experiences to their traditional course work.

AAH Major Mentor

The AAH Advising Center’s Major Mentor Program connects students who want to explore different majors with trained peer mentors to have specific questions about a major or minor answered.

Calhoun Honors College Peer Mentors

The Calhoun Honors College Peer Mentors are upper-class honors students who serve as mentors to students new to the Honors College.  These individuals meet with a small group of five to eight mentees throughout the year to help them get to know the University and Honors College.

ClemsonLIFE Student Volunteers/Mentors

ClemsonLIFE is a two year program incorporating functional academics, independent living, employment and social/leisure skills in a public university setting with the goal of producing self-sufficient young adults.


FIRST helps first-generation college students adjust to the college experience by offering a variety of opportunities and resources, from academic support to social activities.

Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life

Building Dreams Mentoring Program allows students to mentor children; volunteering just four hours a month can make a difference in a young person’s life.

Tiger 2 Tiger

Student Disability Services (SDS) believes that students with documented disabilities should be fully included and affirmed as valued community members throughout Clemson University.

  • Set Expectations

Set expectations regarding your academic schedule, roommate responsibilities, etc.  It’s important to set expectations ahead of time to reduce stress and figure out a school-life balance.

  • Seek out Resources

Academic Success Center

Center for Career and Professional Development

First Generation Support


Minority Students


  • Push Yourself out of Your Comfort Zone

Do something that you have never done before:



We hope that you find this information helpful, as you continue to make an effort for a successful semester.


Thanks for reading!


-Dean of Students Staff





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