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JUNE 2, 2015 TORONTO STAR College students report more stress, less time to socialize by Lisa Leff 1 Today’s high school seniors aren’t partying and socializing as much as their parents’ generation — they’re too busy trying to get into college, and when they get there, some don’t feel good about themselves, a new survey reports. [Students aren’t partying or socializing as their parents were and don’t feel good about themselves when they get into college.] The annual survey of college freshmen by UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute found that incoming students at four-year colleges last fall devoted half as many hours to hanging out with friends than students who entered college in 1987. [Incoming students at four-year colleges last fall devoted half as many hours to hanging out with friends than students who entered college in 1987.] The findings seem true to Isabella Galeazi, 18. She is juggling a job at McDonald’s and a musical production internship along with a full-time course load at California State University, Fullerton. Balancing her professional and academic responsibilities with her desire for a thriving social life is a challenge that sometimes leaves her feeling overwhelmed, Galeazi said. [The example of Isabella proves that students have less time to hang out now.] “My parents are always saying, ‘When they were in school, when they were in school,’ but I can show them my math homework and they have no clue how to do it,” she said. “The work load is a lot heavier and the work is a lot harder. There is so much pressure to do well in high school or otherwise you won’t get into college and if you don’t do well in college you won’t get a job.” [The work that students should do in school is much more harder.] The survey found that first-year-college students’ sense of emotional well-being is at its lowest since the institute first asked the question in 1985. [Students’ emotional well-being is also affected in a bad way.] The results are consistent with other trends that indicate today’s students face greater pressure to succeed academically and have less time for fun, said Kevin Eagan, the institute’s managing director and an assistant professor at UCLA. [The institute’s managing director and an assistant professor at UCLA, Kevin Eagan, thought that students do face greater pressure to succeed.] “The declines in partying and alcohol use in high school and the increases in the number of college applications per student and their reporting feeling overwhelmed are all signs students believe that they need to take the last year of high school seriously,” Eagan said. 1 This article has been adapted for the needs of this class. Original article can be found at
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[The phenomena means that students need to take their last year of high school seriously.] In the survey, nearly 39 percent of freshmen said they spent five hours or less each week socializing, compared to 18 percent in 1987. During the same 27-year period, the percentage of
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