College Students: Stress Essay

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Your heart rate steadily increases, your vision sharpens, your muscles tense, and you begin to sweat. This is all a natural response of the human body to distressing events. The body reacts to stress by activating the nervous system and releasing hormones, which enhances an individual’s ability to work while under pressure. Stress isn’t always blamed on abrupt events, but can also by at fault of a long-lasting situation. Stress is a healthy occurrence, but only in moderation. Long-term stress can release a constant stream of stress hormones over a prolonged period of time, wearing down the body’s energy, and immune system, leaving a person feeling overwhelmed and tired (Lyness). School students, especially those enrolled in …show more content…
Because more, and more time is being dedicated to school work, over scheduled students are finding less, and less time for extracurricular activities involving athletics, music, art, friends, and volunteer work. Unfortunately, extracurricular activities are emphasized to be the second utmost important time dedication of a student. Aside from academic success, colleges, and employers like to see potential students and employees to be versatile and well-balanced with how they spend their time. Extracurricular participation has been show to have many benefits to students, and is even known to relieve stress. Such activities allow a student to be around his or her friends, make new friends, develop life long skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, leadership, time management, and allow them to discover interests (Dowshen). Also, based on the Barna study on emotional fatigue, grad students are prone to having their social relationships stunted because of commitment to their studies. A lack in social involvement can prevent some students from the development of social relationships, and disengaging them from family relationships. Because of such a social isolation, grad students have almost no means to vent stress or to satisfy their emotional needs (Repak). Reported by, The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, the pressure to achieve good grades on students,
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