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, ôMany students overlook the stress involved in making so many big changes in such a brief period of time,ö (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 students are faced with learning at a faster pace than they were used to in high school. College students are often faced with more and lengthier assignments than they were used to in high school, including more complex ones. Such a ôbend in the learning curveö can be problematic for even those students who excelled in their high school academic career, (College, 2005, p. 1). Students often fail to choose a course schedule or pick classes that will ease their adjustment to these new realities, placing even greater stress on themselves.
College students are also faced with stress and pressure from an increase in independence as well as being held more responsible for their actions and performance or lack of it. Students are often faced with a great deal of pressure because they do not organize or plan for all of the challenges college life presents, especially if they work in addition to going to classes. Many students get lost in the world of p