The Stress of College

Posted on November 29, 2011 by

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College can be stress at times when you college students have deal with midterms, projects, interviews, papers and lets not forget finals. However Tamar Lewin points out that stress levels of college students are increasing, especially freshman students.

In the survey, “The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2010,” involving more than 200,000 incoming full-time students at four-year colleges, the percentage of students rating themselves as “below average” in emotional health rose. Meanwhile, the percentage of students who said their emotional health was above average fell to 52 percent. It was 64 percent in 1985.

Lewin points out that the normal things that stress out a college student aren’t what’s bring down the average, but it is the stress of the economy. Students are worried what will happen after college, will there be able to find a job, and how will they be able to pay off the debt they gained while attending college. Student aren’t just worried about the now there worried about their futures as well. In the survey it points out that the views of women’s emotional health greatly differ from men’s views even when compared to the last the survey was distributed.

There is a bit of a bright side to this as people, both young and old, realize that they will need a college degree even if they are to stay a float in today’s economy. Parents also want you to do better to do more than just survive in this economy, but to be able to live as well. Not worrying how to pay the next bill or how will you get your next meal. Parents want you to succced, to do better than them so you won’t have to worry about the same things they did or still do to this day.  It’s true that in this ecomony this are hard, but that doesn’t make things impossible. One of the first steps to doing it is going to college and another may be dealing with the stress of college and everything else in one’s life. Everyone has a way to deal with stress so that they don’t get dragged down by it, at least not to much, and that’s what counts. If we don’t find ways to deal with stress it shows up in other things from the value of your work all the way down to how you treat your friends and family. So don’t let stress bring you down, find a way to deal with everyone has their own. Finally I leave you with a link to  more on Lewin’s peice here.

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