Common Causes of Stress In College

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Whether you like it or not, you cannot really avoid experiencing stress in College but on the top of it, at the end of the day, you should cope or surpass all the stressful situations that happen to you in school. Many students know how to deal with stress, but there are those who take it seriously and cannot handle it pretty well.

There are a lot of causes of stress in College, and one of which is of course your “Academic Stress.” Your heavy workload is absolutely unbearable, especially when your schedule of classes is really uptight, and you also have other activities to thing plus the assignments or paperworks given to you by each of your professor in every subject. Noticeably, the workload of College is significantly more involved than the high school workload, given the fact that it also comes with less hand-holding from parents and teachers. You also have your more challenging classes, scheduling issues to deal with, very hard and mind-breaking exams, and other academic tests coming your way.

Another type of stress that is part of your College life is the “Social Stress”. Peer pressure is more significant during this time compared to high school and the most challenging and probably the most stressful part is during the freshman year because it is where the student try to adjust in everything, especially when they face the most obvious social challenges that usually involve leaving one’s entire support structure behind (college friends and classmates, perhaps), creating a new social network, dealing with being away from home for the first time and facing less parental support. This is but normal to some who are used to be independent ever since they stepped in high school, but for those who are not used to it, this is already stressful.

Other possible stress that you might be facing in College is the time management. High school schedule is different from College because in College, you don’t have a fix schedule of your classes and you have so much work to do and so many things to study about. Aside from those, you also need to consider getting up early than the usual and stay up late to study, start to live independently, doing your laundry, preparing food for yourself, etc. These small things can also add to your stress. New students even deal with the struggle of being away from home for the first time and missing home in a few days of staying in the dormitory.

These are the common causes that we have identified that can cause stress in College. You must be prepared for these and must learn how to deal with it. 


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