The Effects Of Music On College Students Essay

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Introduction:
Stress is defined as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” Everyone deals with a situation throughout their life that results in stress. While everyone harbors stress, stress is especially apparent in college students. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the country’s largest grassroots mental health organization, rates of anxiety and depression have skyrocketed in what many are calling a crisis of mental health on college campuses. More than 5 million college students struggle with mental health (Heck). Because of this, it is pertinent that one finds healthy coping mechanisms.
Music is a plays a large part in every culture. No matter where you are from or what you believe, music plays a significant role in the average human, but also college students. There are many reasons why people chose to listen to music. Recently studies have shown that people consciously or not, listen to music to work out their problems. In a world full of chaos, it is of great importance that we are not only physically healthy, but mentally healthy as well. That leads one to ask, how does listening to music actually help one cope with stress?
Findings: Music and the Brain
The calming power of music is not always known, but on college campuses music is a necessity to everyday life. I observed in my interviews, as well as my online poll, that music allows students to escape reality and eases stress.
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