The Endless Conflict Between Students and Stress
It’s that time of year again when a student is overwhelmed by holidays, family, and finals. Stress levels are elevated.
Stress is a body’s reaction to a challenge. It causes the body to produce hormones that influence the “fight or flight” process. This process can cause breathing and heart rate to increase, tunnel vision, headaches, etc.
Normally the thought of stress is perceived as a bad thing, but there is such a thing as good stress. Good stress can help the body perform better by sharpening the mind and reflexes.
However, if the body is continually exposed to stress, a person will see encounter insomnia, heart problems, immune complications and depression.
Unfortunately, for most college students, stress can be overwhelming and unhealthy. USA TODAY states, “…according to the 2015 National College Health Assessment, 30% of students reported that stress had negatively affected their academic performance within the past year, and over 85% had felt overwhelmed by everything they had to do at some point within the past year.”
Things that cause stress are called stressors. Some common stressors among college students are academic demands, changes in family and social life, relationships, financial responsibilities, substance abuse and exposure to new people and lifestyles. As students continue their college life and grow up, these stressors are unavoidable.
Stressors will never go away, as it’s something that’s hard to change. In order to deal with stressors, a person needs to know how to manage their stress. At schools there are many resources where students can go to for help.
At WCC, there are plenty of tutors to help students. Tutors are there to help, and it’s important to advocate for yourself. If you’re confused on a topic, there is no shame in going to tutorials. Learn the topic and don’t be held back in class because of pride.
Also on campus there are student advisors, personal counselors and career counselors. Having trouble deciding on what classes to take next semester? Go to a student advisor. If there are some problems at home that affect your education, go to a personal counselor.
Deciding on what degree to pursue can be as stressful as taking a final. Career counselors can help students discover what degree is best for them and what path can they take to reach it.
If that doesn’t work, there are ways that you can help yourself without going to someone else. First, time management and organization is important in school. Go over the syllabus and see what’s due, so when the assignment is done you aren’t stressing at work that you have a 5 page essay to do in a day.
Everyone has their own way of studying—some don’t even study at all and still manage to get 90s on their tests. Not everyone can be those people, unfortunately. Studying doesn’t just have to be reading over notes. Make studying enjoyable. Study groups in the private rooms are a great way to do it. Studying definitely guarantees better grades.
Taking breaks is a good way to relax. Get away from studying for a bit and make sure to come back. While taking a break do something that’s enjoyable and relaxing to you.
If things start piling up, make realistic goals. Don’t do everything at once. Breathe and think of positive things. Don’t go into a test saying you’re going to fail. Instead of focusing on a possible failure, just focus on the test.