5 Common College Stressors (and What to Do About Them)

College life can be summed up in a variety of ways. It’s exciting, it’s motivating, it’s lively, and – sometimes – it’s stressful. If that last part is feeling a little bit too relatable right now, keep reading as we discuss how to deal with the five most common college stressors.

1. Stress about your grades.

If you’re already not doing so hot in the academics department, bringing up your grades is a huge stressor. Take a step back and look at what went wrong. Was it the teaching style? Does the material just not resonate with you? Identifying where you struggled is the only way to weigh the best solution—like finding a tutor or adopting a new studying method.

Even if your grades aren’t currently suffering, you still may feel riddled with stress fearing that you will fail. The best way to put your mind at ease is by building in extra time to study and taking regular breaks to prevent burnout. For an added level of comfort, take advantage of your professor’s office hours and pick their brain on any questions you have.

 

2. Stress about your future and career path. 

It definitely helps to know that it’s totally normal feeling unsure about your future in college. As you take on different internships, explore your classes, and get involved in extracurriculars, you’ll start getting a better idea where your passion lies. It’s also worth keeping a list of professional goals so that you can begin building a plan for yourself.

 

 

3. Stress about your finances.

That “broke college student” stereotype is rough. Take a minute and outline your concerns. Do you need to save more? Are you struggling for extra income? Are student loans worrying you? Starting a budget is often one of the easiest solutions, and you can always enlist help from your parents or a financial adviser if you’re not sure where to start. As for that extra cash? An on-campus job can definitely help alleviate some of that stress.

 

4. Stress from information overload.

One minute you’re in your lecture learning about the Scientific Method, the next minute you’re in the library compiling research for your Comp II essay. Then after that? You’re deep in your phone catching up on that group chat that’s been incessantly blowing up your phone. Information overload is real, and it’s certainly a recipe for burnout.

Squash this kind of stress by taking advantage of downtime. This means unplugging for at least 30 minutes a day and taking up some hobbies that’ll get you off your phone and away from the computer.

 

5. Stress about missing home. 

Feeling homesick is a very common college stressor, especially if this is your first time living away from home. You might not be able to pay mom and dad a visit every weekend, but you can definitely call or Skype them during your free time. Another helpful fix? Get involved on campus! Keeping busy is a great way to distract yourself from feeling lonely. Getting involved in clubs, organizations, and on-campus jobs will also help your college campus feel more like a second home.

Are you stressing about something we didn’t list? Let’s talk in the comments below.

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  1. Sabrina says:

    I have kids of my own and I am experiencing marital difficulties on top of all of the above. You asked.

  2. Tahreem says:

    Graduating on time

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