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College Students: Stress

Your heart rate steadily increases, your vision sharpens, your muscles tense, and you begin to sweat. This is all a natural response of the human body to distressing events. The body reacts to stress by activating the nervous system and releasing hormones, which enhances an individual’s ability to work while under pressure. Stress isn’t always blamed on abrupt events, but can also by at fault of a long-lasting situation. Stress is a healthy occurrence, but only in moderation. Long-term stress can release a constant stream of stress hormones over a prolonged period of time, wearing down the body’s energy, and immune system, leaving a person feeling overwhelmed and tired (Lyness). School students, especially those enrolled in universities, can experience an abundance of stress which can be detrimental to health, as well as learning. Within the past decades, the average stress level of students has exponentially increased, and continues to grow still. Rigorous time dedication to demanding academic workloads, pressure for scholarly excellence, and poor future job outlook, has driven students to be infatuated upon their success in the classroom. It is imperative that high school teachers and college professors, ease the taxing workload, and stress that is allocated upon students, because such stress can lead to a restriction of extracurricular involvement, deterioration of quality academic performance, and development of negative health and habits. College and high school students around the country are experiencing increased workloads. According to the University of Michigan, a survey taken place in 2004 showed that the amount of time spent doing homework as increased 51% since 1981 (Furr). Challenging homework/projects can ... ... middle of paper ... ...d hormone released because of stress by the brain, can adversely damage the brain cells, directly affecting memory and learning (“The Human Brain- Stress”). It’s bewildering, that despite all of the shortcomings, teachers still neglect to realize the stress of students. It is imperative that high school teachers and college professors, ease the taxing workload, and stress that is allocated upon students, because such stress can lead to a restriction of extracurricular involvement, deterioration of quality academic performance, and development of negative health and habits. Chronic stress too students is not only harmful to themselves, but to us, a nation as a whole. Professors and teachers need to focus on ways to drastically reduce the amount of stress placed on students, by removing irrelevant projects and homework, and focus more on the material being learned.

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