Stress levels higher now for students
|Author: Terri Cunningham|
Date: Friday, February 11th, 2011
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Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011 3:45 am | Updated: 6:29 pm, Thu Feb 10, 2011.
Recent studies have shown that stress levels of incoming college freshmen are at an all-time high.
Of more than 200,000 incoming full-time college freshmen polled, 51.9 percent of students reported their emotional health to be "above average," according to the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA's survey, "The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2010."
Brian Van Brunt, director of the Counseling and Testing Center, said this increase in stress can come from multiple places. He said freshmen encounter more stress when they first step foot on campus today than ever.
With tuition increases each year and the recent recession, Van Brunt, also president of the American College Counseling Association, said there is also a greater financial burden on students these days.
Today, students owe more than $800 billion in student loans, according to a CNBC report.
After seeing such numbers, Van Brunt said many graduating high school seniors wonder if college is truly worth the price.
"Some students now feel as though it's a gamble," he said. "It's a little frustrating to see your friend making $25,000 as a manager at Abercrombie and Fitch at the mall while you're basically living in poverty while in school."
"This means getting adequate sleep, eating a healthy diet and exercising," she said.
"These unhealthy coping mechanisms most always end up leading to an increase in stress, which in turn may lead to anxiety or depression," she said.
Phillips said it is important for students to seek out the services that are available on campus if they begin to feel stressed and overwhelmed, such as Health Services and the Counseling and Testing Center.
"Some of that is from us from growing and getting more outreach, but more are those struggling with the adjustment to college," he said.
She said the stress stems from a tough course load, large amounts of homework and financial worries.
Rodgers said she believes it's important to take time for herself when her stress level rises.
While her freshman year has been tough stress-wise, Rodgers said she's optimistic that her remaining years as a college student will become less stressful.
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