Under pressure

Students confess what causes them stress

Photo by: Megell Strayhorn I Multimedia Editor

Whether it’s today or five weeks from now, students always find themselves relating through one common factor—stress.

“I really get stressed out about the amount of reading we have to do for every class,” Ferris elementary education sophomore Kaylynn Meeker said. “All of the due dates for assignments and projects for every class overlap and it’s a lot to handle sometimes.”

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “85 percent of college students reported that they had felt overwhelmed by everything they had to do at some point within the past year.”

A heavy workload is never the key to a stressfree semester, and unfortunately, neither is payment time. According to Ohio State University, “seven out of 10 college students feel stressed about their finances.”

“College is expensive. Just recently, I had a loan drop. Now, I have to pull all of this money out of nowhere,” Ferris architecture third year Emily Molitor said.

Piles of homework, first week of classes and going further and further into debt can all be a bit overbearing. Luckily, with more than half of the college population finding new ways to pull their hair out week to week, many have found a way to keep calm when things get tough.

“I like to work out to take my mind off of things. It’s a way for me to relax and unwind,” Molitor said.

Exercise is a great way to combat stress because it produces endorphins which can help better a bad or stressed mood, according to a post by Harvard Medical School. However, while some prefer to get out, others prefer to zen out with some binge-worthy TV shows.

“I like to watch Netflix and hang out with friends to get my mind off of all the work that I have to do. My favorite show to watch is The Office,” Ferris business administration sophomore Kayla John said.

Another successful way to relax and unwind is with essential oils. Ferris biology freshman Sarah Connors has been using essential oils in her
dorm room since arriving to campus.

“I spray lavender oil on my pillow every night before I go to sleep. It is so relaxing and puts me to sleep right away. I like yoga when I feel myself getting stressed because it helps center me and clear my mind,” Connors said.