Shifting The Lens: The Negative Effects Of Stress On College Students

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Teens today are fighting a losing battle against stress. Schools pressure teens into competing in tests and even when applying to colleges. According to Noelle Leonard, PhD, a senior research scientist at the New York University college of Nursing "School, homework, extracurricular activities, sleep, repeat—that's what it can be for some of these students."

Pressure from parents who expect too much, struggling with school work, applying to colleges, and participating in extracurricular activities all contribute to a teenager’s stress level. More than 27% of teens during the school year claim that they deal with “extreme stress” (Jayson Sharon, USA Today) that can affect everyday living for them, along with a majority of other stressors. The five most common of which is; “school work (78%), parents (68%), relationships (64%), other people’s problems (64%), and younger siblings (64%)” which was published in “Shifting the Lens: A focus on stress and coping among East Baltimore African American adolescents.”
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Having too many extracurricular activities, tests, exams, and all around being pressured to constantly compete with fellow peers to be the best out of the whole student body has worn down a teen’s mental and physical capability. Teens become irritable, or angry, having problems sleeping, or an increase in anxiety and

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