Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Stress of a College Student


College students deal with a major amount of stress. They have to stress over the amount of homework, tests, projects, and exams. In college you have more stress then you did in high school. Along with the stress of school you have to combine it with the stress of work, and the stress of friends.

For me stress comes in everyday life. I worry about getting enough sleep to be able to stay awake in my class from a late night of homework. After my 15 credit hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; i go to work for at least 5 hours a night. I work at least 25 hours a week. with work and school already a stressor, I have to worry about getting all my school work done, and being able to spend time with friends and family.

The stress that college brings also bring along many illnesses. Since you stress about getting all your homework done you hardly get any sleep and you eat unhealthy. Eating unhealthy and not sleeping you are mot likely to get sick which you have to stress about also. If you live on campus you are around more people who have all different types of colds, flu's, and more. So if you are not sick, you worry about trying not to get sick.

Exam week is the most stressful week during the quarter. Most exams are comprehensive so you have to study 10 weeks of material in a week. Most of the college students have more then one exam per day. Exam week stress and work doesn't mix very well because you worry about your exams more than you want to work.

Friends don't help with stress either. If you haven't hung out with them in a while they want to hang out. Now you have to fit them into your 15 hour school week, and your 25 hour work week. They get mad when you say " Lets hang out another time so I can get some sleep." They think you are trying to avoid them so you worry about having your friends mad at you.

The stress of college, work, and your friends bring to you it is hard to handle but you have to learn to control it and breathe. You can't run away from the stress because it will come back to you faster and it will bring more stress with it. The one thing college doesn't teach you is how to deal with stress, so get ready to jump on a bumpy ride of stress during your college career.

5 comments:

adesulu said...

Good blog

JanelleTravels said...

Good blog, I can relate to it. I have a busy day with school then work and trying to fit time in to see my boyfriend. Then my other friends want to hang out. On top of it all my parents complain they never see me and that I dont do enough around the house...but that is because I'm never home. I have school, then work, and after that I usally hang out with people until late. I never get enough sleep. It sucks. Exams suck too, way too many notes to study in too short of time.

Derek John Boczkowski said...

Shannon, this is a very impressive blog. The next step is to begin incorporating links into your blog to support your points. For example, in your fourth paragraph, you can link to a news article that discusses the stress of finals to college students. That's the next step; start supporting your ideas with links. 5/5

Anonymous said...

I think anyone who has worked and went to college at the same time can sypmathize. Nonetheless, we all need to vent! You have a lot on your plate and I hope it all works out for you. And whoever said 'these are the best times of our lives' obviously didn't tackle what many of us do.

Anonymous said...

I'm getting ready to relate to all of these facts about college life, working, and spending time with friends, family and boyfriends (if any). I haven't even registered for classes and I'm alreay ready to kill myself (metaphor!!!) I'm looking for a job for while I'm in school and trying to figure out how I'm going to afford going. I'm only the expectations of Corporate America weren't as high as ever today then we as a people wouldn't have so much stress on our backs as we do. Keep me in your prayers. Anonymous!