It takes a lot more than just studying to achieve a successful college career. Different stressors such as time management and social activities can all pose their own threat to a student’s academic performance. The way that academic performance is measured is through the ordinal scale of grade point average (GPA). A student’s GPA determines many things such as class rank and entrance to graduate school. Much research has been done looking at the correlation of many stress factors that college students’experience and the effects of stress on their GPA.
This may make student feel stressful and depressed. Stress is one of the most common psychological disorders affecting university students. The cause of stress are complex and complicated. Stress can be broke down or worse by six categories : academic background, social influences family, finances, situational problems such as illness. Some students think that stress occurred by outside factors like a test, a professor, or a paper is make them stress out.
According Campbell and svenson (1992) when viewed from the negative aspects of stress or stress is too high it can negatively impact the health and academic performance. Positive stress helps us to become aware of and encouraged us to face the challenge and help us solve the problem. Therefore, the stress among students is an alarming phenomenon that various parties and it should be dealt with first identify the causes of
Students get stressed out trying to reach their parent expectation, also family conflicts, and lack of communication and support from family leaves the students stressed out and depressed . A study conducted in a university in UAE found that the major cause of stress among university students were worries about future with the percentage of 54.2% and parental expectations with 40.1%. Relationships can be a cause of stress among students as well as social life. Financial issues is a huge problem to some students, not being able to pay university fees, and poor living is another source of stress. Being judged on your nationality or discriminated based upon your religion and race, are social factors that causes stress.
Phinney and Haas (2003) reported that one of the stressors experienced by first generation college freshmen is the heavy academic load. Students may be intimidated by the sudden increase in demand of quality and quantity of work. Fortunately, we know that academic stressors include the students’ perception of the extensive knowledge base required and the perception of an inadequate time to develop it (Carveth, Geese & Moss, 1996). Though the stress of a greater academic load may initially be more detrimental than beneficial, it may prove to be otherwise in the long term. Students grow more accustomed to college demands over time, developing their knowledge of college studies and proficiency in completing assignments.
Stress, according to Billeter-Koponen and Freden (as cited in Donnelly, 2014), can also be either harmful or detrimental called distress or positive and helpful called eustress. This stress can threaten the person’s health negatively depending on the people's perception and the daily adaptation of an individual (Donnelly, 2014). Stress not only inhibits individual functioning but also causes detrimental effects in psychological functioning, emotional strain, and physical strain (Lopresti, 2014). All of these symptoms and effects of stress are particularly evident on college students who experience these circumstances every day. According to Gall, Evans, Bellerose, and Mallinckrodt, (as cited in Zajacova, Lynch, & Espenshade, 2005), one of the most prevailing causes of stress in college which has been broadly studied is academic stress.
A lot of college freshmen students feel so much academic pressures and expectations that are more than what they had experienced in their high school life. Students, especially those who came from other places and decided to transfer in a wide universities or college schools, sometimes experience culture shock that may lead to different stresses. Students with depression may undergo different kinds of difficulties. Some may give them a lot more stress and some may let them experience so much emotion. Medium to high level of depression are the most prevalent in students and it is the main reason why academic performance is affected greatly by it.
These types of relationships create a myriad of problems for both students, teachers as well as the institution as a whole. For example, mental health issues plague students as well as teachers, the institution’s reputation is degraded and legal ramifications are faced by staff who often have their careers derailed. Romantic student-staff relationships are now on the rise and may soon be a prevalent problem throughout society if the trend continues. The research also purports that measures should be taken by staff to prevent this problem.
The nature of clinical education presents challenges that may cause students to experience stress. Moreover, the practical components of the program which is important in preparing students to develop into professional nurse role by its nature have made the programme even more stressful than other programmes. The various factors associated with stress among nursing students: 1. Environmental factors: Perceived stress due to change in living environment, inadequate telephone facilities, inadequate provision of safety and security in the world, inadequate facility of canteen/mess, lack of recreational facilities. 2.
Several students have too much on their plate, including academic and extracurricular activities, not giving them enough free time to rest. Tom Loveless of the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution believes that full schedules can stress a child’s brain and have a negative effect on their ability to learn. The stated reasons affect the student’s overall health. Negative stress, meaning uncontrolled or too much stress, can cause headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, depression, anxiety, and may worsen specific sicknesses or