How to Deal with Stress as a College Student

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M. Rowe
Professor Bowl
December 6, 2011

How to Deal With Stress as a College Student

How does stress affect you? We have all felt this feeling before. Your stomach is twisted, your muscles are tightened, you feel down and out, unhappy and, you cannot think straight. According to The American Institute of Stress, stress is defined as physical, mental and emotional strain. 43% of all adults suffer adverse health effects due to stress. 75-90% of all visits to the primary care physician are for stress-related complaints. Stress has also been linked to all of the leading causes of death, including cancer, heart disease, accidents, and suicide. My name is Victoria Rowe, and I am a college student, at the age of 40 something, college can be very stressful. Now let me explain to you why some college students experience stress. According to Jonathan C. Smith, Ph.D., of the University of Roosevelt, there are three main reasons why college student’s experiences stress, time management, pressure to succeed academically, and change of environment. College students must realize that college can be demanding because of the amount of homework that is due in a short amount of time, and therefore it is easy to become overwhelmed. We have quizzes, tests, papers, exams, and finals to deal with. If time is not managed correctly, to insure that all of these tasks are completed, many students will experience stress. For many students managing your time is a new experience, in high school your parents woke you up for school and set standard curfews. The transition to do these things for yourself can be stressful. According to Macmillan Social Sciences library research found that 70 percent of college students say that their grades have a direct affect on their level of stress. The pressure to do well can also be external. This can consist of family, friends, coaches, and teachers who all want to see you do well. Change in the environment leaving...