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Bencosme, Pickett 1 Anthony Bencosme JoAnna Pickett Dionne Irving English 1102 20 Apr 2010 Work It Out A ten page assignment on the history of Julius Cesar, a group presentation for your perspectives class, a test over eight chapters in American government, a six minute speech for human communications class, and you still have to study for calculus exam. On top of that, balancing jobs, relationships with family and friends, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and so on can become a lot to handle. How does all of this affect a college student that also thrives for a social life and is already under the pressure of adjusting to the world without mom or dad? Stress; it changes our mood, our health, our academic performance, and our overall well being. According to Hans Selye, a well known Canadian endocrinologist in stress research, stress is defined as “the non-specific result of any demand on the body be it a mental or somatic demand for survival and the accomplishment of our aims.” Stress is a common problem that we all deal with on different levels and at various points in life. Unfortunately for students at Georgia State, stress is particularly high during college. In fact, according to an article published in The Boston Globe, the authors, Alan Fram and Trevor Thompson state that a recent survey conducted for the Associated Press and mtvU, found that US students are extremely stressed out. More specifically, four in ten students admitted to feeling stressed often, and nearly one in five students say that they feel stressed all or most of the time. This survey proves that stress is a common issue on college campuses that needs to be contained and handled in an effective way.
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Bencosme, Pickett 2 “Feeling stressed” are two words that one hears a lot from college students, but what do these words exactly mean? Stress causes a variety of symptoms that can take over a student’s body. Eilene Zimmerman, a writer for The New York Times, wrote an article stating all of these symptoms. She quotes Dr. Debbie Mandel, an expert in the field of stress management, by saying that “trouble concentrating, becoming overly irritable, experiencing various aches and pains randomly, and feeling fatigued all the time are just a few of the most common symptoms that a stressed person may experience.” Lacking the strength to focus, losing the will to study, and not getting the appropriate amount of sleep is enough to send a college student over the edge! However, those are just some of the most common symptoms related to stress. There are many other symptoms one may experience when dealing with a massive load of stress. The article previously presented from The Boston Globe states that, “Many students cite eating problems and say they have felt lonely and depressed, like they are failures. Substantial numbers are even concerned about spring break, chiefly not having enough money or being in good physical shape,” as reported by Eilene Zimmerman. Too many college students are dealing
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