Stress and College

Stress and college life and how to handle it. (Naturally ...no pills)

Universities and colleges are abuzz with admission activity these days. Lots of students who have passed out of grade12 are looking to get admission into the course of their choice at the preferred institute. Filling up and submitting the application forms, preparing for entrance tests, looking at fee details, doing research about various courses is what's keeping the youngsters busy these days. Will all this admission activity, one thing that is faced by all students is the admission stress. Admission stress is that demon of the mind that spares none. Whether you are a ninety per center or just an average student, till you get admission into the right college for the right course, the admission stress can keep you awake for many nights.

However, there are ways to beat this stress effectively. You must always remember that this stress is short-lived and ultimately, it will all be fine. You will certainly get admission somewhere. That may or may not be the institute of your choice but your life and career do not solely depend on this. Talk to your family, to your seniors and look at the people who have done well in life even if they didn't go to the fanciest college. They are doing fine and so would you. With so much competition around, not everybody gets to go to the first college of their choice. You might have to settle down for some other institute but that does not mean that your career prospects are screwed up. You can make the best of all the opportunities that are presented to you. Have a positive approach towards education and never forget that education is much more than just college. It is quite likely that half of the admission stress is caused by thinking about what your friends are up to. Peer pressure leads to a lot of stress. The talk about what others are doing, where all they are filling forms and what the options are in their life can be fun but it can also lead to a lot of stress for some. Always remember that all of you are destined for different things in life. Ten years from now, you might be way ahead of a friend that you are currently jealous of. So, don't get bogged down by peer pressure. It doesn't help. What it does is makes you more stressed. Talk to your friends but just because someone is talking about a different course does not mean the course you have chosen is not worth it.

During admission time, rumors and unauthorized information easily finds it way to aspiring students. Be sure that you do not give in to such hearsay. All colleges and courses in India, whether government-run or private, have proper channels of information. Always rely on these authorized sources of information for all your doubts and queries. Don't go by what anyone else is saying. Find it out for yourself. Correct information and knowledge relieves a lot of stress for students. If you are unable to decide between two courses, apply for both at all the colleges offering the course. This will increase your chances and also give you more time to take the final decision. Research and explore the career prospects associated with both the courses that you are interested in and then make an informed decision. When the admission lists are out, you would get a chance to evaluate your prospects and go for the best course that suits your career plan. Sometimes, there cannot be fool-proof planning at this stage. All you need to do is be curious about what your options are and explore things as they come. You can change your career plan or go for something more interesting even after finishing college. The myth that most students believe in is that the decision that they take at this time is going to decide the success that they achieve in life. This is not entirely true. While it may affect it to an extent, your happiness and success in life depends on many other things including your approach and hard work. College will be the beginning of a whole new life for you. You will experience fun and freedom like never before.

Apart from academics it will shape other aspects of your personality as well. Many agree that it is the most enjoyable period of one's life. Welcome it with open arms. Also, since it is the golden period of your life, don't let stress come in the way of your enjoying it to the hilt.

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Author's Bio: 

Peter operates a local Vancouver BC on line store that sells locally made stress and pain relief products.