College students face many stresses during their academic careers. Getting papers done on time, studying for an exam, doing well in their classes are only a few examples of these pressures. Academic performance is one of the main causes for depression amongst university students (Dyson and Renk, 2006). Students with poor academic performance are most likely to develop depressive symptoms. Another cause for depression is the feeling of not fitting in or not mattering.
Stress Among College Students Leaving home for the first time and going away for school can be very difficult for some people. In many cases for college freshmen this is their first time being away from their home and parents. Many times they get home sick and want to isolate themselves. They have to get into a new routine of going to school, and change can be very difficult. It is definitely hard to get into the swing of college.
They were surprised by the nearly 25% of students polled in the National College Health Assessment that said they experienced poor grades or dis-enrolled from a class as a result of stress. (College Students Report Stress Affects Academic Performance, 2011). Lauren P Womble (2010) from the University of North Carolina states that college students have many obstacles to overcome in order to achieve their optimal academic performance. Womble also says that it takes more than studying to achieve a successful college career and different stressors like time management, financial problems, and some students have children can even pose a threat to student academic performance. When conducting the current on the levels of stress impacting academic performance the independent variable will be the level of stress and the dependent variable will be academic performance.
Literature Review “Introduction to the Special Issues on College Student Mental Health” Mental health awareness for college students has become a captivating and significantly popular subject for researchers in the last decade. After a series of detrimental school shootings from mentally and emotionally unstable students of the academies, fellow students of other universities began to worry about the mental state of their peers. Researchers studied to discover a trend in the relationships between college students and their psychosocial lives. Linda G. Castillo (affiliate of Texas A&M University) and Seth J. Schwarts (University of Miami) wrote the article. In April 2013, “Introduction to the Special Issue on College Student Mental Health” was published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.
A student’s overall health in college involves many aspects. The physical health of a student plays a major role in his or her health. First, according to Malinauskas et al., “The ‘Freshman Fifteen’ could be considered an epidemic”. In a recent study conducted by Jung et al. and Whyshak explain that 90% of college students have heard of the “Freshman Fifteen” (qtd.
There are many examples as to the consequences that binge drinking can cause to college student’s lives, but one of the main consequences that students face as a result of frequent drinking is poor academic final grades. Binge drinking in college has been said to directly affect the GPA of college students. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s (2008), the direct correlation of grades and binge drinking is 4 drinks or less per week will result in an “A” GPA, 6 drinks per week will result in a “B” GPA, 8 drinks per week will result in a “C” GPA, and 10 drinks per week or more by a college student will more than likely to result in a “D” or an “F” GPA. Students who make a habit of their binge drinking do not prosper well in school regardless of whether or not they study, because their first priority does not happen to be school, which leads to the poor academics. According to this same study, the only way to change this type of situation is through “environmental management” which consists of “changing the physical, social, legal, and economic environment on and around campus that fosters alcohol use.” (U.S. Department of Education, 2008) Studies have shown that it is possible to predict how students will achieve academically in college based off of their high school performance an... ... middle of paper ... ...eer Effects June 2005 circ.pdf Park, A., Sher, K., & Krull, J.
Many first year college students face problems as they enter a new educational environment that is very different than that of high school. However, the common problem is that many first year students become stressed. For many students, college is supposed to be the most fun time of their life; however, their fun can be restricted if it is limited by stress and other mental illnesses. According to the National Health Ministries (2006), stress is caused by “greater academic demands,” the feeling of being independent from family, “financial responsibility,” homesickness, being exposed to meeting new people, peer pressure, “awareness of one’s own sexual identity,” and the abuse of drugs and alcohol (p. 2). However, the causes to first year students’ stress mainly include academic demand, parents, finance, and peer pressure.
College students have to deal with minor to serious problems every day of their lives. Two common problems that students face are deadlines for research papers and studying for exams. Both of these problems can create serious stress for a student, especially if that particular student is not capable of handling that pressure. If a particular person is mentally strong then they will be able to handle the situation accordingly (Anderson, 1993). However, if a student is having serious problems and cannot control the situation that surrounds them, many different solutions pop into their heads.
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