Student Live Grow More Stressful as The Priorities of Success Change
Juan Ramirez,19, a Music and Technology major, is getting ready to head home after a tiring day of work. However, he knows he can't rest too much, as his responsibilities switch gears from his job to his studies.
“My motto is to suffer now and relax later,” said Ramirez when asked about his approach to handling the stresses of his daily life.
In this day and age, students around the country are often put under a great deal of stress to perform in higher education, not just by their parents and teachers, but their own internal logic and reasoning.
For some, like Cody Wayland,19, a Music Major, school is more a means to an end.
“You need money to survive,” he said while restocking the shelves at the Local Home Depot where he works. “If you’re just doing school, that doesn’t pay the bills.”
Through the financial aid that he and his brother get from going to school, as well as earnings from his job, he's able to help support his family financially.
His interest in his classes are often low, however, and with this financial pressure to do well, it isn’t surprising that he often finds himself playing video games like Overwatch in order to provide some form of escape and relaxation.
Others, such as Morgan Ashley Romo, 20, an Interior Design Major, try their best to excel in every area of their lives. She is a very diligent person, keeping a planner on hand to plan her days and keep everything organized so she can avoid slacking off. She tries her best to keep school and work separate, as well as “making time for [her]self” so that she can avoid getting overwhelmed.
In the future, Romo speaks of how she wants to live a comfortable life after getting her degree, hoping to get a good job that she enjoys doing. It is a life that many college students can attest to wanting, but seemingly few tend to achieve.
The AIS study mentions how these somewhat lofty goals are another key contribution to the higher levels of stress found in College students.