in Paulynice). Having continual absenteeism in college creates a negative impact on a student’s academic achievement. In order to achieve good grades, students need to be present for all of their classes. Levine, Judith R. collected data that shows the decrease in a student’s absences results in a higher grade (Paulynice). Encouragement plays a huge role to a student’s success in college, without any type of encouragement some students may not be committed.
However, the causes to first year students’ stress mainly include academic demand, parents, finance, and peer pressure. Stress is an important problem faced by many college students, especially first year students, and it can have some large impacts on college freshmen. For example, according to Hirsch and Keniston (1970), about half of first year students do not graduate from college due to dropping out (p. 1-20). Also, David Leonhardt (2009) agrees that the United States excels at putting “teenagers in college, but only half of students who enroll end up with a bachelor’s degree” (p. 1). In addition, the level of stress seems to increase each year.
In fact, stress is inevitable. Sometimes stress forces students to reach their goals and get their tasks done like studies and homework. But when stress is too much, it may stop students from working properly, and accomplishing things. College freshmen suffer from stress due to adjusting their completely new college life. A survey done by American College Health Association National College Health Assessment in 2012 spring shows that over 50% of the college students reported that their stress levels are above average (Moran, 2013).
The recent surveys show that about 10-15% of college students are depressed (Lindsey 2009). Depression can be a debilitating illness especially when many students attend college away from their close friends and family. This could result in students with more suicidal thoughts and attempts at suicide. In fact, the number of students with suicidal thoughts has tripled over the past 13 years as the number of students seeking help for depression doubled in the same span (Lindsey 2009). Depression can effect these teens in other areas of their life as well.
In high school, students’ stress is minimal because many real-life problems such as bills, jobs, and deadlines, are not as big of a deal. However, in college, all of these stressors are demanding attention at the same time and are amplified in the new setting. According to Sarath Nonis, “time constraints, financial strain, academic workload, and interpersonal difficulties with faculty, peers, and significant others contributes to stress for college students” (Nonis). College is a time for new experiences, and many students experience new social circles and opportunities to have less-supervised fun in their downtime. New relationships, or the lack of, can cause stress among students.
In the article, Online education can be good or cheap, but not both by Reihan Salam he says, "...between 56 percent and 76 percent of students who took the final exams ultimately failed them." Salam is arguing the point that online education has not thus far been a successful endeavor at many of the colleges it’s been implemented at. While online learning doesn’t have the hard facts on its side, it still has merit. Online learning programs open the doors to completely new learning experiences for college students, and with some minor tweaks to its system, co... ... middle of paper ... ...ow! Many people don’t realize how severe this gap is until they see it on paper for their eyes to see.
This can be seen in the way it links to all aspects of a successful adjustment. Self-esteem is important and social support promotes it. Social support is also directly linked to more components of a successful adjustment than self-esteem. The ability to handle stress is important and social support contributes to a student being able to handle stress. The way social support encourages and strengthens other factors shows that it is a crucial factor in promoting a successful adjustment to university (Friedlander, Reid, Shupak & Cribbie, 2007).
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.
My academy experience to date has made me aware of issues in higher education that I want to explore further. Ultimately my goal is to better understand the critical issues in higher education and be able to influence change for the betterment of the academy as well as the students who are and will be participating in it. During my years at Babson College I have effectively generated change. I accomplish this by leading and participating in the practice of process development and improvement as it pertains to, event planning, data planning, inquiry outreach, and new program roll-out within Graduate Admissions. The practice of change management relates to larger higher education issues because it is needed in for the continued success of higher education.
“Anxiety is a general term that can cover several types of disorders. All of them have nervousness, worry, fear, and apprehension in common. From time to time the feelings can be overwhelming enough to manifest physical symptoms” says the expert Melissa Cohen. Anxiety has increased on college campuses in the last couple of years, it has now surpassed depression as the most common mental health diagnoses among college students, according to a report done by the New York Times also it has topped impediments to withstand academic performance. Sixty-two percent of students