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Pressures on College Students

For most college students, the transition from living at home to a freer campus environment and the demands of high school compared to college studies engender enormous stress. Heading off to college provides a number of changes for teenagers, many of whom are leaving home for the first time in their lives. They are also leaving behind friends, romantic interests, family, and familiar places. Whether living on or off campus, many teenagers experience a lack of restraints and controls in an environment that is filled with diverse challenges, temptations, and new experiences. As one college counselor notes, "Many students overlook the stress involved in making so many big changes in such a brief period of time," (College, 2005, p. 1).

In addition to the change in environment and experience, college students have graduated from high school and now face a more rigorous regiment of learning and are held to higher standards in the college environment. College stu


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