Let’s get real: The Stressors of College

Although there are many highs of college, there are also some lows.

There are so many stressors in college that most incoming freshman don’t realize, so during this blog I will be listing just a few of the potential stressors then in my next post I will be talking about how to manage and control your stress levels.

 

  1. Picking a college.

Although this is not necessarily while you are in college, this can be a very hard choice; I mean, it is where you will be spending your next four years at.  It can be extra stressing if your friends have already decided and you still have no idea.

To make this less stressful, try to figure out what YOU want, don’t try to factor in other’s opinions. So many of my peers chose a college just because their friend was going to go there or their parents wanted them to go there. Honestly, the whole college experience is just going to be more stressful at the beginning if you are moving in to a place you let someone else decide for you. That being said, if you do end up at a college that you don’t necessarily want to be at, it will be okay and you will get through it.

  1. Forming friends (and relationships in general)

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When I was first moving in, I was most worried about if I could make new friends. As I went through my first few weeks, I noticed that most everyone shared this concern. After I started branching out and talking with other people on my floor and in my classes, I found this part of college to be really exciting. Although I don’t necessarily believe that the friends I make in college will be my best friends for life, I do believe it is extremely important to find someone who you can goof around with but also have serious talks about life decisions and difficult times.

  1. Picking a major (or deciding if you want to change majors)

This is pretty self-explanatory, especially if you have no idea what you want to do with the rest of your life. My advice here is to find your passion, job shadow a few careers that embrace that passion, then just follow your dreams (I know it’s cheesy, but still).

  1. Time management

In high school, you had your day, from 8-4, mostly planned out for you, and even more of it if you were in sports or clubs of any kind. In college, you only have around three classes a day and it is up to you to fill in the empty time. You have to make the choice of whether you are going to watch Netflix all day, play video games, exercise, do homework, or maybe just do nothing, and you are going to have to sort of plan your day accordingly.

Another part of time management can also include prioritizing classes and knowing what assignments to do when. Everyone has their own way of doing this and I suggest finding a way that works for you. Personally, I like to get the hard stuff done first or the stuff that will take me a while to understand. I also like to get ahead in my easier classes if I have time to, especially if I have a harder test coming up.

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Although some tests will take minimal studying, there will be some where you study several nights and still have no idea what is going on.

And it’s okay. Everyone goes through this.

  1. Expectations

It doesn’t matter if it is your parents, significant other, friends, teachers, or all of the above, other people expectations of you can start to weigh you down and make you stressed out. This is because we feel the need to meet those expectations (if the expectations are high) or prove them wrong (if they are really low). Whichever one an individual faces, it is sure to bring stress to their life at some point in time. If you are constantly trying to live up to people’s expectations of you and you are tired of it, check out this article about why it is okay to let them go and just do you!

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9 thoughts on “Let’s get real: The Stressors of College

  1. I think that time management was a great example of one of the stressors that you face in college! Most of the time in high school everything ends up to be all planned out for you and you just follow a set schedule. In college you have to make that schedule for yourself which can be very complicated at times.

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  2. I think that deciding a major or making the decision to change a major is one of the most frequent thoughts that a college student faces. Being a science major, I have seen many classmates decide that they did not want to be a healthcare professional just because they did not like a professor. In life, I believe that being put in uncomfortable positions allows a person to grow as an individual. Stress is not always a bad thing in the long run, choosing what you stress about can be detrimental though.

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    1. I completely agree that stress is not always a bad thing and can actually push you to perform at peak performance levels while you are under stress. It is when the stress becomes constant that it is a bad thing! Thanks for your comment!

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  3. My biggest stressor is time management, I think that’s how it is for a lot of people. I remember my freshman year I was so bad at it, since then I’ve gotten better but it is still SO hard! I always try to keep a list of what I have to get done in a day or week, then tackle the hard stuff first just like you said. Great post!

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  4. Great post! I really enjoyed reading it. Time management is something that I have learnd to do since I started playing football and going to school here at Chadron which it has become very important.

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