Managing Stress as a College Student

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Managing Stress as a College Student Imagine you are back at your first day of college. You are trying to forget the fact that you have left your family, friends, and old life behind and beginning to accept that you are staring a new one. You walk into your first classroom and instantly forget all the good and exciting aspects and start to realize exactly how different this whole experience is going to be. After taking a look at the syllabus you begin to get anxious and overwhelmed. You start feeling stressed while thinking about how you are going to manage all of your class work along with the transition to this new environment. This is common for almost all college freshmen. What they do not realize is that everyone sitting around …show more content…
Choosing a career is one of the most stressful decisions students are faced with because it affects the rest of their lives (Oman et al. 2008). Students experience stress because they have to adjust and adapt to a type of lifestyle they are unfamiliar with (Ong & Cheong). They are expected to become more independent, build new friendships, and on top of everything do well in school (Ross et al. 1999).
Levels of Stress and Coping Styles
It is important students deal with stress. For those students who do not deal with stress, it could result in feelings of nervousness, unnecessary worrying, and lack of sleep (Ross et al. 1999). Certain levels of stress can either enhance or decrease performance. A reasonable amount of stress may be crucial in order to encourage an individual to get the job done (Ross et al.). Oman et al. (2008) also found that a certain level of stress may increase performance. Those times when stress pushes you to study hard or cause you to spend more time on a class project can be helpful. However, too much stress may drastically slow down academic success for a college student by impairing memory, an important component of learning (Lumley & Provenzano, 2003). Certain levels of stress are normal, but students need to learn how to manage their stress when it becomes overwhelming (Larson, 2006). The level