Students make many choices and decisions influencing their academic lives a positive or negative way. None more significantly than how they adapt to their undergraduate experience. Immature college entrants tend to act financially irresponsible and/or waste their precious time partying. Even thought most students do not intend to ruin their college career, their behavior and priorities directly impact their GPA. This paper will attempt to explain what factors predict failure during this time.
Most students are burdened with a large financial loan. Costs can be as high as $35,000 a year for a public or private university. Young adults are not familiar with budgetary limits forcing some to eat cheap, non healthy foods. Another stumbling block is the economic troubles that we Americans have undergone in the past 4 years. Scholarships and grants have been markedly reduced since 2008-2009 when the economy collapsed. The financial difficulty caused by high tuition and low income has forced students into the work force.
Some students have forty hours of classes per week and have to commit to full time employment which increases their risk of failure. Full time students have a higher drop out rate than students who do not work outside of the classroom. Studies have found that students working between 15 and 20 hours a week report higher GPA’s than students working 30 to 40 hour weeks. Full time workers are 10% less likely to earn a degree than part time workers to those who do not work at all. Additionally, many students place more emphasis on the paying job than their hectic school responsibilities and even more pressure if family obligations are on their shoulders.
Family hardship is a major reason why students drop out of college. Since the economic instability occurred, parents have been laid off or fired and students have had to make the hard decision to leave school either because they could not afford the cost of living or their...