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The Impact of Stress on Academic Success in College StudentsThe Impact of Stress on Academic Success in College StudentsFilzah Hanis binte Abdul RashidJC13696272NC 1
The Impact of Stress on Academic Success in College Students1In this highly globalized and competitive age, college students are plagued byinsurmountable levels of stress that students in previous generations were not faced with(Sreeramareddy, 2007). Students in this generation are met with new challenges that affect everyaspect of their lives, mental health, personalities and abilities to cope with said stress. This essaydefines the word ‘stress’ to address “hardship, adversity, or affliction…[faced by college studentspertaining to their academic success. It also most accurately depicted as]…a situation whereenvironmental demands exceed the capacity for effective responses by the individual and canpotentially have physical and psychological consequences” (Rout, 1993). The increase in cost ofliving, foreign talent and difficulty of acquiring employment coupled with socio-emotional issuesas they embark on their newfound adulthood, may cause college students to succumb to thesestressors. College education has become almost mandatory for job hunters seeking executivepositions and stress from a myriad of sources is an inevitable aspect of the college experience.Students become mentally and emotionally overwhelmed, consequently causing their academicsuccess to plunge when inefficiently managed. In extreme cases, overwhelming and unmanagedstress may snowball and result in negative outcomes like anxiety, depression, suicide or evencomplete withdrawal from their educational institutions (bringing their academic journey to anend).Due to the oversaturation of technology and social media in this generation, there is anexcessive and heavily-emphasised materialism on social media platforms (such as Instagram,Facebook and Snapchat) that exacerbates pressure on highly impressionable students. Youthstruggle to uphold societal expectations that determine self-worth by owning expensive materialgoods, coveting fancy job titles and enjoying luxurious lifestyles. This material-driven mindsetpiles on more stress on students as their self-esteem plummets when comparing themselves with
The Impact of Stress on Academic Success in College Students2privileged individuals who seem to live better and more luxurious lives on social media. Thedestructive habit of social comparison is the main cause of mental health issues in recent yearsespecially after the rise of addiction to screens and social media applications (Mental HealthResearch Unit, 2007). Thus, becoming yet another source of pressure for these college studentswho are practically completely encapsulated by social media and technology.

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