Copyright 2005 Trevor Dumbleton
Probably least appreciated form of stress is college stress. This is mostly due to fact that adults simply see a lot of college students sitting on their rear ends playing video games and drinking, instead of seeing students who are under pressure to succeed all time. In addition to classes, homework, research, reading, paper writing and problem solving, there are now problems of how heck to pay for college and whether there will be any jobs waiting after graduation. Thus, with all these forms of college stress weighing students down, it is no wonder that things tend to get ugly when they “blow off steam”.
Of course, there are better ways to deal with stress than to drink an entire case of beer in one day. In fact, abusing your body with any number of chemicals does not really help that much, aside from fact that people generally relax when they do such things. However, they are usually relaxed before partaking of latest work of ancient and modern chemistry, so substances themselves really do not make much of a difference.
Unfortunately, college stress is often first encounter that some students have with persistent stress, and it is hard for them to deal with it. However, it is also first time that many of them have had experience with almost complete freedom, so college has a double threat. Complete freedom means ability to simply ignore cause of stress, which is usually classes they need to stay in college. Thus, problem of freshmen retention in many universities.
Unfortunately, most students don’t even attempt to find help for their stress problems. In fact, most common effort to help students through their stress is to tell them to either just get their work done or to get used to it. Of course, this advice usually comes from their friends and, though there is a certain set that could use this advice, many other students are struggling to keep up simply because they are unable to cope with their stress. Thus, by relieving their own minds of their concerns, they could help their grades and help keep themselves in school.
The best place to start looking for relief from college stress is by talking to an advisor. They are more than happy to help students because they want to help them and, for most part, nobody ever visits them. Thus, they are very eager to help, but very lonely, so they will be more than happy to give a hand to anyone who needs it. If you are a student under stress, they can help you deal with classroom concerns and direct you to people who can help alleviate your stress concerns. It doesn’t matter how personal problems might be, advisors are very private, very discreet, and they are more than happy to provide you with assistance.