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Major Stress: A Problem among College Students

By Widson Charlemont
On October 2, 2015

It is safe to say college students nationwide often find themselves comparing their stress levels to other students especially those who seeking a different than theirs.  

Walking through campus headed to get something to eat or heading to another class, it is not uncommon to hear business students arguing with journalism students or music majors arguing with criminal justice students.

It is common to think that the amount of work that is put in on a daily basis will pay off in the long run, but sometimes seeing someone stress about something that may not seem as bad is frustrating.

Students are trying to master a certain career path and although they love it, it might be more stressful because they want to be great at what they do.

Charles White, a graduating business student at Florida State University, thinks students should not worry about what they cannot control.

“College kids always get caught up in trying to prove something. You didn’t pick someone else’s major so why be concerned with their workload?” White said.

According to an article on New York Times, studies have found that roughly 40 percent of students planning engineering and science majors end up switching to other subjects or failing to get any degree.

Many problems that students face are within the classroom and others that relate to life. Managing both education and life alone can be stressful, which can make the educational experience more stressful than it seems.

Everyone deals with the pressures of life whether it is family issues, relationship problems and managing your work schedule with your class schedule.

Donald Celiscar, a student-athlete at Western Michigan University, understands the struggle and offers advice.

“With so much going on, it gets really hard and stressful,” Celiscar said. “Something as small as having a planner can have such a big difference on making things easier on yourself have faith in what got you thus far and relax. Everything will be ok.”

The ultimate goal is to get a degree and to build a foundation for a successful future. Just keep pushing and encourage your fellow students instead of competing for the highest stress level. Good vibes are the best vibes. Keep pushing.

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