College Students' Academic Stress
College life is full of new experiences, challenges, and a lot of anxieties. Going to college might be very exciting; making new friends and being independent is the best part. On the other hand, it is time to get adjusted to a new lifestyle, with responsibilities and pressures. All of this creates might create stress.
According to Coon and Mitterer "Stress is the mental and physical condition that occurs when a person must adjust or adapt to the environment." (501) Vinay says that "Stress is often defined as a threat, real or implied, to homeostasis. In common usage, stress usually refers to an event or succession of event that causes a response, often in format of 'distress'." (126) Stress is a physical and emotional reaction that everyone experiences as he or she encounters change in life. These reactions help us to get prepared for a challenge. The problem is when the stress is continuous, what can lead to a varied diseases. I can lead to a high blood pressure, which can cause heart problems including heart attacks. Stress also can lead mood disorders such as depression, and pains like headaches, back pain, ulcers, and also cancer.
Stress seems to be very common in college student’s life. They have to survive academically and to prepare themselves for further graduate or professional trainings. Teenagers have to deal with the idea of becoming adults, deciding on career alternatives, and developing relationships.
Pritchard, Wilson and Yamnitz made researches and reported that college students experience significant distress during the first year. They found that stressful life experiences directly correlate with increase illness, and researches show a dramatic increase in levels of stress experienced by college student over the past 30 years. They also conclude that in response to the increased level of stress, students often engage in negative health behaviors such as drinking, smoking, and drugs. (15)...