College Reducing Stress

College is an important and significant endeavor for those who attempt it.  College students have never been more diverse than they are now (i.e., 21st Century).  For example, there are high school students who are admitted entrance into some college courses because they have a high grade point average.  There are students who attend college and also tend to family members (i.e., children, spouses, significant others) and also have a part- or full-time job.  Because of the benefits of financial aid, scholarships and grants, some students are the first members of their family to attend college.  No matter what the student’s situation, stress could be factored into it.  However, there is light at the end of every tunnel, and there truly is a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow, and yes, the college degree can be obtained with little or no stress.

College’s Purpose

Students attend college for many reasons.  For example, they may enjoy meeting new people or have a passion for learning.  They may have a particular career in mind that requires higher education with the goal of attaining a higher income level.  Therefore, if the student understands their purpose and/or goals for being on a college campus then much of the stress could be diminished.

Discipline

The disciplined student knows the amount of effort and time needed to get good grades.  If the student studies best in the morning, then this is the best time for them to study.  With that in mind, the student can then meet the rest of the day and even begin to plan for the next day’s assignments and exams.  If the student knows that they will only have the weekends or evenings for study, then they must align their schedules and other responsibilities accordingly.  Setting priorities in this way will help reduce stress.

Finances

In many instances parents or guardians do not consider, early enough, of setting aside money for their children’s college education.  Therefore, once the need becomes immediate, the student comes face to face with the affordability and reality of it.  The student may do well to consider the many college options (i.e., the cost) prior to committing to one college.  For example, planning, researching and understanding the long-term costs at various schools (i.e., two-year versus four-year programs; technical colleges versus universities) can assist the student in reaching their goals without being saddled with decades of debt that stem from student loans.  Seeking aid that does not have to be paid back or working while attending college will certainly help with finances and the stress level also.

Keeping a Good Pace

Many students burn out and drop out because they are trying to do too much too quickly.  The sensible student will realize this and slow their pace by altering their course load and lessening some of their other responsibilities.  For example, instead of attending full time, the student could attend part time.  The student could take a semester off to devote more time to earning money in order to come back for the next semester.  College is not a race to the finish but a part of life’s journey.

Meeting Responsibilities

Neglecting family members or being unproductive at work could create stress.  The student must find a way to meet both needs.  Therefore it is important to eat healthy and get enough sleep and exercise in order to successfully budget time to meet responsibilities.  Having a plan of action that involves the previously-mentioned ideas is the best solution to reducing stress before it begins.  The college student who can achieve all of this will be able to make the most of their experience, be a better person because of it, and will certainly reach their goal of one day being a college graduate.