One College Student's Experience With Living Away From Home
By Katie Schultz
the start of the 2014 school year, Karen Flowers began her freshman
year of college at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, along with 695 other
freshman according to the Messiah College website. Like most college
students, it was Flowers' first time moving out of her parent's home for
a lengthy period of time.
According to a survey conducted by the
American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment,
57% of college women and 40% of college men felt "overwhelming
anxiety". Flowers admits, "at first I didn't have much anxiety or
homesickness because there was a lot of activities going on to occupy my
mind. Towards the end of finals I started to miss home due to the
stress, but nothing that affected me emotionally or physically."
However, she does admit that she had her struggles. "I had to budget my
time by myself, and that was a bit of a hard transition for me, I
couldn't rely on my mom anymore for that.
According to a survey
from UCLA's Cooperative Institutional Research Program in 2012, students
are spending more time studying than in the past. Flowers agreed to
that statement and offered her own advice to upcoming freshman, "start
early on getting good study habits and budgeting your time. Set mini
goals for major projects throughout the semester to relieve workload and
stress later on."
Flowers concludes that she's "definitely
excited for the new adventures that the new school year holds. I know
I'll have more course work, but it's nothing I can't handle."
fall of 2014, it was expected by the Institute of Education Sciences
that around 21 million students would be enrolled into American
universities and colleges. Not all experiences are the same, and proper
action should be taken if anxiety and stress is too much to handle.
Students can find help at their college resource centers to ensure a
healthy, positive, and successful school year.
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