April 10, 2012
Struggles of College Students
A college student taking their first few steps onto a college campus is the day when they can finally feel the independence they were longing for. College is a place where students can find themselves. It can be a place for success as well as a place for partying. Attending college comes with many struggles. College tests every individual by staying above the influence, becoming a more organized student, and even making them step out of their comfort zone. When a student enters the college world, they are faced with the struggle of peer pressure. This pressure may include alcohol and drug abuse. Staying above the influence is hard to do when pressured into going out with new friends, or even joining a fraternity or sorority. For example, many fraternities practice pledging to be accepted into their family. The presidents of the fraternities may force the pledges do good or bad things they may or may not necessarily want to do. This is called hazing. Hazing is illegal in many states due to its inhumane acts. A night of hazing went wrong for innocent student and fraternity member Matthew Carrington of Chico State University, California in 2005. Carrington and his friend both were forced while at a party by junior Chi Tau members to drink a five-gallon jug of water until they had urinated themselves and puked. Carrington started to have a seizure due to swelling of his brain and lungs caused by water intoxication. Within five minutes of being at the hospital, Carrington’s heart had stopped. His parents were traumatized when they found out about their son’s death. A Chico State University junior and member of Sigma Pi said, “We're still dealing with it. Everybody's still kind of haunted by it” (Korry). This is one of the peer pressures a college student may struggle with. Students may also be pressured into binge drinking. 43.1 percent of college students reported binge drinking in the previous two weeks according to the Core Institute’s Alcohol Survey 2009 (“Results”). Binge drinking may seem fun to them at the time, but it can be hard to keep motivation to do well in college when they are hung-over every morning. Students that go to parties the night before class are not as attentive and focused during class as the students who went to sleep earlier the night before class. Students can also fall under the influence of doing drugs, such as marijuana. Students are faced with stress from their classes and try to find relief in something. They may find relief in drinking or doing drugs. A report by a recent Core Institute Drug and Alcohol Abuse survey showed that 53.4 percent of students believed the average student on campus uses some form of illegal drug at least once a week (“Results”). The use of this drug turns the college student into a more lazy and careless individual and causes their grades to slump down. When a student starts making bad grades then they tend to loose their scholarships and, if apart of a fraternity or sorority, are more likely to be kicked out of their Greek family. Keeping organized is a struggle for most college students. Students need to have some organization when in college. In order for a college student to be successful, they need to have their mind set on what their goals are for the next day, wake up on time for class, avoid clutter, make to do lists, have a set place to study, get a good night’s rest, and have an organized calendar. Students need to know what they should have accomplished by the next day. Whether it’s having their paper written or having read assigned pages, students should schedule their lives around their schoolwork. College is what determines the rest of their lives. Getting good grades should be a priority to all students. It is recommended for a college student that they get at least 9 hours of sleep on school nights ("Sleep Deprivation in College Students | Do I Really Need to...