Stress is a term used to describe the physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral responses to events that are appraised as threatening or challenging. But for me stress is a mental and emotional distraction condition, which is caused due to pressure in everyday life. Stress can have a positive or a negative effect on a person depending on how it is dealt with. For me, college is my number one stressor. The causes are academic, financial and personal. When it comes to trying to relieve stress though, the words ‘positive’ and ‘stress’ may not often go together. Some positive activities that I engage in to reduce my stress are exercise, staying home, and listening to music.
Academic stress I feel is common for many college students. For me, college is more than just attending classes and taking notes. I’m a full time student so I am constantly studying for a test or piled up with other homework. My biggest concern is getting good grades and doing well so that I can maintain a high GPA.Whenever I see myself falling behind on just one little thing, I start to stress immensely. I am not the best test taker either, so preparing for and taking mid-term and final exams are also very stressful for me. When I am home or at school doing schoolwork, music is my number one stress reliever. It helps me not think about all the homework and studying that I have to get done, instead it helps me focus on just what I am doing at the moment. This way I feel more relaxed and can get my work done more easily.
In addition to academic stress, I also get financial pressure. I work a part-time job while attending school to pay my own financial responsibilities. Paying for school tuition and textbooks are two unavoidable expenses and at the end of every semester I panic to have enough money just for that. Besides school expenses, there are also bills that I help pay at home. Staying home really helps me when it comes to financial stress because of the fact that I know if