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RISKY BEHAVIORS AND COLLEGE SUCCESSHow Risky Behaviors Affect College SuccessSLS 1501University of Central FloridaBy Shay Fincher
RISKY BEHAVIORS AND COLLEGE SUCCESSIntroductionFirst-year success as a college student is affected by a multitude of variables. The mostimportant of which is your ability to make good decisions while under stress. College is often thefirst-time many freshman students undergo immense stress, knowing how to deal with it is thekey to doing well in college.Students who come into college unequipped to balance theirstudies along with their social life often fall into a thread of bad decision making, this includesbut is not limited to binge drinking , unsafe sex, drug abuse, and skipping class, along with otherrisky behaviors. According to Conway, J.M. & Diplacito, J. (2015) “College students eithermanage their time in a healthy way that promotes success or make choices that get in their wayof success”. With 30% of first-year college students failing to return for their second year ofcollege it is important to discuss the negative consequences of risky decision making whendiscussing college success.Theme 1: College creates an environment that can lead to bad decision makingCollege is often the first time young adults venture into world by themselves with limitedparietal oversight. It is important to have healthy coping mechanisms as well as havingdeveloped impulse control before going into college in order to avoid risky decision making.LaBrie, J.W., Kenney, S.R., Migliuri, S. & Lac, A. (2010) questioned whether sexuallyexperienced first-year college females were more likely than their same age unexperiencedcounterparts to participate in risky behaviors. The research found that social drinking was morecommon is first-year college students and first-year college students are exceptionally vulnerablewhen it comes to making risky decisions, this is due to their newfound independence along withthe persuasive alcohol-based social setting colleges provides. Social drinking is common in
RISKY BEHAVIORS AND COLLEGE SUCCESScolleges as it provides venues to network and establish friendships in a new environment. Labrieand his colleagues found that sexually experienced first-year college females were more likely toengage in risky behaviors, even those not involving sex and that sexually experienced first-yearcollege females drank more often and larger quantities during the month transitioning intocollege than did their sexually inexperienced peers. They concluded that students that have

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