College Stress

by bjone9 on February 18, 2014 - 12:54am

Briana Jones

            This article centers on the information from a national survey that was created by University of California at Los Angeles, which contained aspects relating to college freshmen’s emotional health. The topic of their emotional health has evidence from aspects such as the colleges’ services of counseling and prevention treatments. There are several diagrams that illustrate the conclusions of the survey. With the information that came from the surveys, a relationship between students wanting to succeed equals them under pressure and extremely stressed out. The surveys’ results are demonstrating that the students with decent emotional health are decreasing. Depression and anxiety are two major issues that students are dealing with as they enter into obtaining higher education. It also demonstrated that those who killed themselves did not receive any counseling during their hardships. The data collected in the survey was of 200,000 freshmen at four-year colleges/universities and attending for the first time at full- time status.

            The article that was based on the survey had all reasoning from its information that was provided. There were questions about college freshmen’s emotional health relating to their role in higher education. The more ambition the students display, then the more there were issues with them having as they tried to be successful. This had to be discovered for the problem to be solved.



I agree that college students are under a lot of stress, i think that they are under the most stress in the years they are in college than any other years. First they have to be full time students, go to class, study, do homework. Also juggle around their free time. Most students have to work to try to lessen the student loans, which makes it so you are constantly going all hours of the day.
However the amount of stress you are under really depends on how much you care. How much you want to stay up late to study for a test the next day, how much you actually want to read a chapter in a book that you know isn't going to be graded, etc. I know college students are under the most stress, but what are we supposed to do about it? We can't make people stop caring to lower their stress. what's the answer?

The article regarding college stress for first year students is interesting, however based on my personal experience I would like to add some perspective to the topic. As an “adult learner,” I often find myself regretting the fact that I was not able to take advantage of earning a degree when I was younger. Life was much less complicated then; however I acknowledge that at 18 years old I was most certainly melodramatic, as most teens are. My point here is that most students who enter college at the “appropriate” age are unprepared emotionally and scholastically, but it is my understanding that many colleges offer various types of counseling services for students in order to help them successfully assimilate into the college lifestyle. If teenagers had the ability to look into the future and recognize that life only gets more complicated and challenging, managing their emotional health may be less difficult; particularly if they take advantage of the services provided by the school.
As a student over 30, I find that my emotional health is often compromised by the responsibilities I have on campus and at home. Financial burdens do not only include tuition and textbooks, and my workload does not only involve class time and homework. I would be interested to see an article that studies “adult-learners” and their ability to cope with the school stress as it may help younger students re-evaluate their priorities and re-establish control over their emotional health.

This is a very interesting topic to me. I think that the majority of college students, especially freshman, experience some type of emotional stress or anxiety upon entering a new and intimidating environment, such as college. I know that during my first year, I found it difficult to balance school work and having a social life. Academics are very important to me, but I also wanted to make sure that I had a group of friends and wanted to experience the college life to the fullest. So, it became overwhelming trying to manage the many different aspects of my life, which led to a lot of anxiety. Last semester, I took a course here at Brockport, Intro to Counseling. As part of the class, I was required to attend 10 counseling sessions at Hazen. I went into my first session thinking that this was a big waste of time and that I was not going to get anything out of it. However, after a few times I realized that it was so nice being able to just talk to someone about anything. Venting about my week became something that I looked forward to each Thursday, and it really did relieve a lot of the stress that I had been feeling. I learned some great time management skills, relaxation techniques, and discovered some new things about myself. I believe that counseling services are a great thing for colleges to have and more students should take advantage of them!

I completely agree with the fact that young college students, specifically freshman, undergo a large amount of stress. Due to the fact that a portion of incoming freshman come from other backgrounds and areas, and then step onto a college campus where everything is rather overwhelming to the mind. In my personal experience as a freshman, it definitely was not easy for me to adapt to the changes of getting used to living away from home, having roommates, finding different ways to study and do homework and write papers, on top of obtaining a job on campus. Even though there are different ways of counseling for students who need help, but it is hard for people to walk to the counseling center and speak to someone about their problems. In my experience, I was able to express my concerns to others that I felt comfortable in like my RA’s in the building, who also aid students and their residents that need help.

I agree that there is a ton of college freshman under a ton of stress during their first year. Straight out of high school you're told to attend college to be able to get a job. That adds a stress because you may worry about even getting a job. If you have a scholarship, you have to keep your grades up which can also add a lot of stress. If you're attending a college far away and you're shy, you may not have many friends. This means that you have no one to have your back. Nothing is more depressing when you have to get lunch everyday by yourself and sit alone. So now that adds depression into the equation. The biggest stress factor is student loans. There is no escaping it and it will always be there for years and years. Then finally the jump from high school and college can be huge or small, it all depends on your professor. All professors want different things, for example, certain ways to write a paper. It is hard to please everyone when they're all screaming for attention. When you look at all those common factors, its no surprise that so many students drop out or worse... Seeking help is always the way to go if you're having trouble, but sometimes someone may feel that no one else understands them. For a student like that, visiting a counselor just doesn't help sometimes because those counselors are being paid to be there. Sometimes all a student needs is a random person to take interest in them and figuratively slap them into shape.

In my personal experience, it is very easy to overwhelm yourself with school work while trying to keep a scholarship. Sometimes even "easy" classes are hard because you don't know how the professor teaches that course. One way that would be helpful to clear that up is to have a more extensive area for course information by students about courses or professors. Of course there are websites like "Rate My Professor", but in my opinion that doesn't help. The opinions expressed on those websites are 100% biased. It all depends on your learning style.

I found the Article about college stress to be very interesting and eye catching, especially since it is a social problem that all of us could probably relate to. I agree that freshmen year is the most stressful because it is a new environment in which we must come accustom to, finding new friends, being away from home, bills, finding ways to study that works for you, keeping up with work, homework and still being able to have a social life. I find that I can relate to this issue in that I come from a middle class family in which debt sometimes over comes our income and having me and my two other siblings in college makes it is hard for my parents to help us pay of college. Due to that most of my college tuition is for me to pay for and as a Biology Student I work two jobs and go to school full time. It is very hard to balance school, both jobs, and still be able to have time for a social life, in which at times does get very stressful. During my first year of college I spent most of my time to myself trying to balance my work with school and never really had the time to hang out with my friends and therefore took a great deal of time to adjust to the college environment. Also as Biology major going for veterinary medicine you must keep your grades up in order to even consider attending vet school later down the road which has put a lot of stress and pressure on doing well. This meant staying up half the night to complete assignments and study and by day go to class or jumping from job to job, getting as much sleep as 4 hrs a night. One other point is that every professor has different teaching and grading styles that we must adjust to in order to do well which is especially difficult for first time college students but is also difficult going into your 2nd, 3rd or even 4th year. Due to these experiences I can agree with the article in how it can affect ones emotional Health but one thing I would like to add to this is maybe show how school resources like counseling centers are unutilized by students. Many schools offer multiple sources to help students adjust to college life that many feel obligated to use. I do find it very helpful to talk to someone who had more experience than I did coming into my freshmen year in which help relieve stress and reduce the toll on emotional health. Therefore, what I would like to see is how college stress affects the group of individuals who had taken advantage of these school resources.

I really like this post, I feel like it is very realistic topic that many people are concerned about. I am a college freshman and I feel like I am stressed all the time. Most people may come into college and have a whole new lifestyle, it is a huge adjustment for some people and some do not handle it as well as others. Sometimes the stress of being in college and the schoolwork can really get to people. I am an athlete and that is also an added stress, with practice and competitions I am always very stressed.
Colleges should focus some of their time on stress relieving things for not only incoming freshman but their students in general. I think this post is very good and you chose a great issue it would be great to hear more about how this stress can be relieved and what colleges are doing to help minimize it.

Totally agree with the college stress is related to what kind of grades a student want. For my own experience, as a foreign student, when I first got here, everything is new even the brand of milk, I spent a lots of time to “discover and adapt” these differences and by that I mean pay attention and have fun to everything expect study, and I do had a wonderful time. However, at the end of the first semester, I got all my final grades and failed 3 out of 5 classes which totally not supervise me at all. Now I know I totally wasted my time and money, I try to be successes in every class and it does stress me out, since I need to study before class and exam, and after this exam there always is another later, after exam on this Wednesday, there only like two or three weeks to midterm which means five more exams coming in. The worst part is you never know you studied enough or not until you get the grades from tests, you always know that passing this one exam does not guarantee the next one until the finals.
However, in your blog or their article, it seems that they had only focused on how college stress occurs but didn’t mention why it occurs. My personal opinion is that the degree of college stress is related to how well that student wants to achieve, but the reason it occurs is because the common stress in every society, I don’t think those students wants to be successful so they can show off to other people, well at least not most of them, it is because most people think be successful in study in some way equals to be successful in the future, more specifically things like: a better job, more money, better living quality, even a better future for their children, and repay their parents for raising them, and when they failed in college, they probably would think they also had failed their entire life, and that why some of them choose to end it faster.

I thought that your subject is really interesting and I think that you have well described the actual problem. However I believe that your post could be better if you added information about the solutions to this problem. What can students do to make their life better? This website presents many useful tips on how to manage stress:

I always knew college students were always stressed but I didn't knew I would be this stressed until I experienced it myself. After reading this post, I feel a bit more relieved knowing that I'm not the only one that has so much trouble dealing with this much work and stressing. I agree with the information provided in your article. Stress is not easy to deal with. In fact, it might be one of the hardest thing to deal with for a College Student. Either that or time. However, it is not helpless. There's so many simple actions that will decrease the amount of stress one feels, but a lot of people forget about those. Simply eating, sleeping more, exercising can relieve a part of the stress and help focus in class or feel less tired during the long days. For a few more tips on stress relieving, feel free to visit:

Great article! The topic is spot on, however I wish you article went into more detail about the survey because your summary is leaving me wanting more. With college even more accessible to everyone these days, the competition and the pressure to excel is even higher. The survey you chose focused specifically on students in the United States. The situation is very similar here in Canada. This article summarizes a survey done in Canada focusing on stress and anxiety, which shows that this is a global problem:

This post drew me in because of where my situation with college is right now. I am undecided on a major and have no idea what i want to do for the rest of my life. I agree that a students drive for success is directly related to how my stress they have. I feel like this may discourage people to lesson their stress, therefore they lesson the amount that they are working to succeed. This shouldn't be the case. If you know exactly what you want to do when you graduate and you can handle the stress load that you have, then you should definitely keep working for what your going towards. For me on the other hand, I always strive to do well with my academics, but i don't know exactly what i'm working for because im undecided. If this is the case for someone, then i think that they should lesson their stress until they figure out what they want to do, and then when they figure out, go back to stressing out to succeed. Because there's no need to be stressed if you dont have to. For the people that are confident in their decisions, they should definitely just deal with the stress for however many years they have left in school, and then you will be happy, because now you are doing what you want for the rest of your life.

Very well written, I discussed on my blog volunteer opportunities about how students with physical or mental health problems can go and seek the help they need. It similar to what you are discussing since you are talking about students having the added stress from college and they are not that many programs in which they could seek for help. Feel free to look at the volunteer post here:

Your article reminds me of a superpost I wrote about stress and anxiety among college students. Not only the subject is the same, but both rely on studies and surveys based on the level of stress of college students and demonstrated that their quality of life and emotional health decrease throughout their higher education. This is a problem that needs to be solved and even if our two articles say that the institutions are trying to help their students, yours goes further by sharing the very good point that not a lot of scholars in difficulties use all the help at their disposal and I agree that this is another issue that needs to be addresses.

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