Stress among college students Essay

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Stress is unavoidable, no matter the situation, location, or time; stress is always present. College students, especially freshmen, are a group particularly prone to stress due to the transitional nature of college life (Ross, Niebling, & Heckert 1999). The need to please their parents, the thought of success in life, and being able to sustain a reasonable income in the future, all of which fall on the shoulders of college students who are making decisions for a large portion of their lives. They also must adjust to being away from home for the first time, maintain a high level of academic achievement, and adjust to a new social environment. College students, regardless of year in school, often deal with pressures related to academics,…show more content…
The five least frequently reported stressors were; death of a friend (6%), severe injury (5%), transferred schools (3%), engagement/marriage (2%), and divorce between parents (1%). Quitting one's job (8%) was also an infrequently reported stressor. Another interesting result was that, in a college setting, events such as missing too many classes (21%) and arguing with an instructor (11%) only comprised 15% of the total responses. Their results suggest colleges to prepare incoming students for managing stress because stress in a college setting cannot be eliminated. In another study performed by Hicks and Heastie (2008), a detailed questionnaire was provided to 514 college students from ages 18-23, where 53% of them were college freshmen. Their study indicated that on-campus college students experienced far more stressors than those students who were living off campus. It appears that more off-campus college students reported that they were not at all stressed with their roommate than the on-campus college students. A larger percentage of college students living off campus (45.6%) indicated that they were not stressed due to poor housing as opposed to the
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