Where Does College Stress Come From?
College stress may come from a number of factors. The source of stress of college students may differ from one another, depending on one’s coping mechanism and resources. For instance, for a rich kid, money is not a cause of stress. However, for those who are less fortunate, working just to defray one’s tuition and expenses is definitely a stressor.
According to studies by Ross, Niebling, and Heckert (1999) and Dunkel-Schetter & Lobel (1990), one common source of stress for young adults going to college is financial instability. Financial problems require a young adult to find work. Consequently, students who need to work are physically drained and they are deprived of the time for study. As a result, they end up having low grades, which contribute to their frustrations and low self-esteem.
Emotional problems also make up the list of college stressors. In a survey entitled: “The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2010," the number of college students who have rated their emotional states as below average has risen.
Aside from these, college students also experience stress because of the following factors: homesickness, peer pressure, time management matters, adjustment problems (like having a roommate), social anxiety, relationship issues, school pressure and even culture shock.