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Top Recommendations for Surviving August in Financial Aid

August 15, 2012

Philip E. Hawkins, Ph.D., Associate Director of Financial Aid, Kennesaw State University, 2012-13 GASFAA President

As we approach what is by far our busiest time of the year, Dr. Philip Hawkins, Kennesaw State University, reminds us of a few important tips:

1)  Water – Drink water.  In the August heat, our bodies need water more than coffee or soda (though I do still fit in a morning cup of coffee and one afternoon soda amid the water).

2)  Exercise – The long hours in the office make it difficult, but try to fit in some activity, even if it is just a half-hour three days a week.  You will feel better among the stress!  By all means, please don’t find at the end of the day that you have never left your desk all day!

3)  Support each other – Whenever I get stressed, I am the worst at unleashing that stress onto the ones I love, including my co-workers.  But that is not healthy, and it hurts relationships.  Make agreements with your co-workers (and your family) to watch for each other’s stress warning signs and to pull you away from the stress before it gets too bad.  And maybe an agreement to completely ignore anything that is said negatively might not be such a bad idea for the month of August!

4)  Remember our students – I do admit that sending my youngest to college does provide a fresh perspective on the work we do.  At 4:30 in the afternoon, after we have heard ‘Where do I sign my promissory note?’ for 479 times that day, for that individual student, it is a very important question at that specific moment.  Always be fresh and remind yourself that there are no dumb questions in Financial Aid (I think our Federal and State trainers have to give us that same reminder from time to time).

So, hold on tight! September will be here soon!

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