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Typical November nights in a college students residence include cramming obligated to catch for papers due in December, and exams that lurk around the corner on a topic you felt up on sleep for. Deadlines and due dates are non-existent for students until the night before since the preoccupations; partying and overall good times which lack libraries and study sessions, expel more excitement than the adrenaline rush of a chemistry chronicle or a pre-cal problem. At most schools, the days of dorm rules, dress codes, and even mandatory class attendance is long gone. But while freedom can be exciting and fun, it can also be stressful because no one is telling you what to do. You have to make a lot of decisions on your own and readjust your own values and normal life. There are bound to be mistakes, but that is part of the process. College Life is more then just going to school and making the grades that your parents require of you. This is why many students will incur an ailment called stress.

Stress in college is caused by many influencing factors. One of these important factors would have to be the expectations set by parents. Parents can be more then just an annoying voice in your ear every time you come home for the holidays. They are normally the reason you are at your present school , so pleasing them by getting good grades is almost mandatory. This thought of displeasing the parents can be detrimental to one's thought process; meaning that it most likely would cause a world of stress for the student. Worrying about receiving good grades is just another thing that most students don't need to add to their "to do list". This added pressure does nothing for students but makes them think that if they don't get wonderful marks in school that they wont be accepted at home anymore. When in reality all the parents want is their kid to get a great job, and have a future.

Another major factor in adding to the stress level in during college life would have to be the almighty job. Most students that go to a community college have a full time job they attend to after their full schedule of classes. Most jobs expect that you have no other outside life other then thinking about what you are going to do next time you come into work. Supervisors can't empathize with you because they themselves have been working the same job for the past ten years, and have never even entered a college classroom. They demand that you always be able to work no matter what school work is due the next week. It becomes really hard for a full time student to hold a full time job and get by without stressing out



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