What is stressful about college?

College is stressful to most students for many different reasons.  For me, trying to juggle my family and work while also doing well in school is the biggest stressor.  I started college in Fall 2009, and I found out I was pregnant near the end of the semester.  Of course I was already stressed out about finals, but when you add an unplanned pregnancy at 18 on top of that, you might guess that I had an overload of stress on my shoulders.

I took some time off school, was a stay-at-home mom, and built up my motivation to get back into school.  A year and a half later, I am a full-time mom, student, and employee with no funds for daycare and one car that I share with my husband.  The most stressful thing to me is getting to and from class while making sure there is someone to watch my son.  If I can’t find a babysitter, I can’t go to class which can really affect my grades.

Most college students probably have more traditional things to worry about.  Should I write this paper due tomorrow or go to Starbucks with the cute boy I met in class? Should I check D2L, or should I check my Facebook?  We all struggle to stay motivated at some point, but with a cute one-year-old running around, it’s even harder for me.

 

Madison Chandley

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