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May 2, 2023


To: All Students

Subject: A Conversation with Seawolf Siya Gandhi ‘25 About Coping with Stress 

Dear Seawolves,

We’re nearing the end of a very busy semester! As you reflect on this past academic year, I hope that you’ve experienced significant personal growth. Whether you are pursuing your undergraduate or graduate degree, you have likely faced different situations you weren’t used to before and may have felt energized one day, and then overwhelmed or anxious the next. These emotional highs and lows are a natural response to the challenges and opportunities in college, such as adjusting to academic demands, making new friends, and managing your independence.

Sometimes, things do not turn out as planned. Life becomes stressful and you may encounter failure, and that’s OK. What is important is to learn how to navigate these situations and reach out to your support network, including Stony Brook resources, to help you through challenges that may be difficult to handle.

In this brief video that I think you’ll find helpful, I spoke with Siya Gandhi ‘25, a Student Support Team intern. Siya talked about students’ experiences coming to college after the pandemic, including adapting to the change in pace and heightened academic pressures. She also talked about utilizing your support network and reaching out to campus resources focused on your health and well-being, including the Student Support Team, Counseling and Psychological Services, Center for Prevention and Outreach, Student Health Services and Recreation and Wellness.

Take a look!

Remember to take care of yourself. Prioritize your physical and emotional well-being by getting enough sleep, eating nutritious foods, engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation, and seeking support when you need it. Also, remember to check on your friends and fellow Seawolves, and if you see someone struggling, encourage them to connect with our campus resources. We are here to help!  

Let’s continue to care for and support each other. I wish you a successful end of the semester!


Rick Gatteau, PhD
Vice President for Student Affairs