Level of Stress Among the Senior Students of College of Arts and Sciences in Misamis University.

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Chapter I
THE PROBLEM

Background of the study

College students today experience high levels of stress in many areas of life. Stressful experiences make individuals develop different coping strategies, so as to adapt and survive. To begin with, the adaptation process is considered an integrating part of living beings. Stress is not necessarily harmful. In fact, having stress means being alive, although stress is usually not associated with pleasure, satisfaction or success. The concept of "health and stress" was first proposed by Dr Hans Selye (1976), who defined it as the way in which our body responds to the demands of our life. Dealing with stress does not mean having to eliminate stress, but rather learning to handle or administer it. Stress is a protective response. In certain occasions it can be beneficial, as it allows us to cope with and overcome difficult situations that require all our energy. In addition, in many situations stress can even make us feel good.

Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. Stress has become an integral part of our daily life. A little bit of stress may be unavoidable and good too, for it would never allow us to be complacent in life. But too much of stress may be

counterproductive and would in due course impair both our physical and mental health. In high stress situations, a number of symptoms are indicative of the presence of this syndrome: low self-esteem, emission of defective judgment, feeling of being overwhelmed, lack of memory for details, inability to concentrate, loss of perspective, emotional and more irrational thought, irritable and unpredictable behavior, changes in communication styles, an increase in the number of mistakes while on duty, fatigue and greater negative self-criticism. Furthermore, students experiencing burnout may easily become angry and irritated, exhibit stubbornness and inflexible thinking, abuse substances, and increase increasingly less productive.

Education should be a joyous experience, but if too much pressure is put into it, students find the going a hard nut to crack. Failure in an examination is not the end of the life. One can excel in any field if one chooses the right field for which one has the aptitude. For some people, it happens before having to speak in public. For other people, it might be before a first date. What causes stress for you may not be stressful for someone else. A long term stress can increase the risk of diseases like depression, heart disease and variety of other problems. . A stress-related illness called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops after an event like war, physical or sexual assault, or a natural disaster.

By reason of this, the aim of our study was to describe how the senior Cas students response to their level of stress experiences.

Theoretical Framework

The theoretical framework used to guide this study is based upon the concepts of stress, adaptation, and responses.

Stress is a feeling that’s created when we react to particular events. It’s the body’s way of rising to a challenge and preparing to meet a tough situation with focus, strength, stamina, and heightened alertness. The events that provoke stress are called stressors, and they cover a whole range of situation everything from outright physical danger to making a class presentation or taking a semester’s worth of your toughest subject.

There are also many miscellaneous stresses that often come from college life. According to Scott (2012) there’s a lot of level of stress experience by the students. First is academic performance, many students keep crazy hours from staying up late to study, having hard hours like for example if the students is a working student he or she is trying to balance work and study, feeling intense pressure to obtain high grades, taking exams, and having deadline of coursework. Second is home experience this...
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