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Month: October 2018

Mental health of college and university students in crisis

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Throughout their studies, college and university students find themselves having to embrace the life of a student in all ways. Whether it be applying for internships or cramming for the upcoming biology finals, there are challenges and stress around every corner. While the life of a student is full of challenges and hard work, it is abundantly worthwhile when they reach the finish line and come out of the experience with a degree and a deeper appreciation of the hustle it takes to make it through the tunnel and out the other side.

It is no secret that higher education is challenging. The average course load for a full-time student is four courses, sometimes even more if they get approved for extra credit. While four courses seem simple enough in theory, the reality is that each of these courses is designed to be an intensive, twelve-week subject that crushes an abundance of information into a miniscule time. Students not only have to turn up to classes and complete revisions every week to stay on top of and refresh their past week’s information intake, but they must also study for upcoming exams, research, write, proofread, and edit assessments, participate in class discussions, and maintain every other aspect of life at the same time. The level of stress goes on increasing as one starts post graduation and later starts working on PhD. Though some tasks can be outsourced like opting for professional english editing services to edit the manuscript, students have a major task to take care of, which includes increased no. of assignments and projects.

If that does not sound stressful enough yet, there is also the reality that not every student has the luxury of being able to get by as a student without having to work to keep themselves above water. Some students juggle a full-time course load, work full time hours, and attempt to maintain a social life with family, pets, and friends. There is a lot of sacrifice that is consistently going on in the average student’s life, and it is important to realise that such an immense work load often evolves into a hefty weight on their shoulders. It is not uncommon for a student’s mental health to suffer when they are experiencing difficulties coping. In fact, it is an unfortunate and sad fact of life that many students experience worsening mental conditions over the duration of their studies, making the darkness more and more difficult to find their way out of.

While some universities and colleges have treatment centres and procedures in place, even many of them do not make students abundantly aware of such treatments. The chaos of university spills over to the institutions themselves, but that is not an excuse by any means. Schools are well aware of the strains of taking on so much work at the one time, and the simple fact is that they must step up and take accountability for the students within their facilities that are struggling. Students do not always feel supported and understood, and as a result many of them do not feel comfortable coming forward with their struggles. This can obviously have catastrophic results.

The mental health strains on students can come in waves, or can form like a rigid ball in their chest, unwilling or unable to be moved. Regardless of the form it takes and how it presents itself, mental health among students around the world is not to be taken lightly. In fact, if anything, the mental health of the minds taking on the responsibility of being a student should be the number one priority now and always.

Preparing for college can take a lifetime of learning

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School is an integrated facet of many developed societies. Whether one attends public or private school after their PreK years, they are still in some type of structured form that demonstrates the foundational principles of learning and obtaining a proper academic education throughout childhood and adolescent development. School and getting an education are important. Those early years set students up to be anything they want to be if they have the intellectually ability to succeed academically to get into which private colleges or other higher education institutions they choose. Picking a college can be hard, but preparing for college can be even more difficult.

 

College preparation can truly take a lifetime of learning. Starting in kindergarten and even before then, early intervention of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and reading programs allow students to get ahead and begin their academic career being ready and able to take on any task given to them. For some students it seems as though academics come easy to them whereas others may struggle. Unfortunately, for the students that struggle in early academic life, it can take a lot of catching up before college if they are continually left behind year after year in elementary, middle, and high school. Preparing for college takes the right amount of academic desire for learning and obtaining a degree. To get into college, a student must have excellent study habits to excel at academic standardized tests required to get into the school they wish to attend. Aside from the tests, they must also obtain the right grades that a college will accept. Generally a 3.0 and higher are good grades to land a scholarship. The most important thing about going to college is making sure the tuition is covered. Whether government aid and grants or scholarship and private loans are used, paying the tuition is the only way to ensure a student gets to keep going to college. A student must make sure to budget out their finances to allow for tuition to be paid each semester.

 

Deciding to get a degree and going to college can seem daunting at first. It’s a lot of money and it is also a lot of time to dedicate to an education right out of high school, but getting a degree will ultimately lead to more opportunities. Many jobs now require some type of degree to even get considered for a position. A lot of jobs used to just require a high school education, but as the workforce continues to advance, so do the qualifications necessary for the job tasks. Now as fields expand and become more niche markets, the type of employee sought is often someone who specifically specializes in certain areas that can help the company grow. Many diverse minds can make great teams. College is meant to foster an environment that allows their students critical thinking skills to carry on past graduation and into the work environments to work on great teams and develop outstanding projects that carry onto higher achievements.

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