ABILENE, TX. — Students all over the nation deal with high amounts of stress, especially during the time leading up to finals.

April is the month in which the number of visits to a school counselor increase dramatically.

""The level of stress that I'm experiencing today, needed to have been managed three weeks ago. I see that a lot on campus, students stop going to class and stop eating and sleeping," says HSU counselor director, Nikki Rhodes.

While stress may come in a variety of levels, there are many benefits.

"There's a level a stress that's really helpful to us, that is motivating, it creates energy and it helps us to determine what is really important," says Rhodes.