Stress Among College Students

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Stress Among College Students

Leaving home for the first time and going away for school can be very difficult for some people. In many cases for college freshman this is their first time being away from their home and parents. Many times they get home sick and want to isolate themselves. They have to get into a new routine of going to school, and change can be very difficult. It is definitely hard to get into the swing of college. They have to navigate through classes in a new format while living away from all the comforts of parents. A college student's life usually consists of attending classes, long hours of studying, working at a job (sometimes), and having a social life. Some students work at a job or study harder than others, but
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Many students believe that the college life is filled with less rules and more carefree days. The reality is that there is much more responsibility and may feel inadequate about solving real life problems and issues which they have never been faced with before. College life may also lead to failure and rejection, which can leave the student feeling vulnerable. When students start to feel vulnerable they turn to other things to help them feel better such as alcohol and other drugs. Many college students feel that getting intoxicated and being under the influence of a narcotic well help them feel better about being stressed or depressed. Sometimes the stress comes first and people try drugs as a way to escape it. In the long run, drugs or alcohol just make things worse. It shows that 75% of the college students drink or do drugs due to the fact that they are under a lot of pressure dealing with school. Drinking to cope with the stressors of everyday life is prevalent among college students. According to Park & Levenson drinking among college students is related to much higher levels of alcohol consumption, and episodes of heavy drinking. In addition to drinking to cope with stress or to reduce tension, most college students drink due to the normative aspect of drinking in our society. While many would dismiss college drinking as "part of the experience" what is disturbing is
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