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Running head: THE IMPACTS OF STRESS ON ACADEMIC SUCCESS INCOLLEGE1Generalized stress is defined as a state of psychological induction that results whenexternal demands exhaust a person’s adaptive abilities. Environmental demands are labelledstressors, and they can take the form of an acute event or an ongoing strain, while stress refers tothe internal perceived emotions and cognitions. Academic stress has been studied extensively asan important factor in college student adjustment. In general, college-related stress has beenfound to be inversely related to academic performance among traditional undergraduates(Zajacova, Lynch & Espenshade, 2015, pg. 679). A college education is critical to economicsuccess and upward social mobility in modern societies. Hence, because of both societal andinternal pressure, college students feel immense stress to complete their degree under thepressure of other factors. In college education, students are at an age where they are usuallyunder the shelter of their parents still and have yet to encounter experiences related to their actuallife goals in the workplace. On top of that, being in a sudden new environment surrounded bylarge social groups may cause college students to develop adjustment issues, alongside work-lifebalance issues.For college students belonging to low-income families (under poverty) and the first-generation (whose parents have not earned a college or university degree), college education isespecially important. These individuals have the most to gain from attaining a college degree, asreturns on investment for them are at least as high (if not higher) compared to students withaverage socioeconomic status (Adams, Meyers & Beidas, 2016, para. 6). Because the gains areso high, students will feel motivated to excel in their studies and improve their current situationsnot deemed ideal. When results are not up to expectations however, this can cause students to beseverely demoralized, giving to arise of unnecessary stress that can cause their academic results
THE IMPACTS OF STRESS ON ACADEMIC SUCCESS IN COLLEGE2to drop.Financial strain, defined as perceived economic stress and lack of economic support,contributes as a large stress factor for students belonging to the low income and the firstgeneration (Adams et al., 2016). Students who experience financial difficulty can tend toexperience pressure that stems from the desire of wanting to do well in order to improve theirfinancial status, given the fact that a college degree would be the most direct route to climbing upthe economic ladder. Growing up in a financially poor family means that every cent put into theeducation is meaningful and therefore they would feel a burden to do well. Growing up in afinancially poor family would also have the student feeling external pressure from his/ her

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Spring
Professor
Kris Koh
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Stress, psychological stress

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