College Freshmen Reporting Record-Low Levels of Emotional Health

By: Stephanie Palmer Email
By: Stephanie Palmer Email

Researchers say college freshmen are reporting record-low levels of emotional health. That's according to a recently released study by researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles.

News 3 talked few students at Blinn College in Bryan to see how they are dealing with their stress.

Taylor Carvan says she misses home and the classes are kind of tough.

"What freshman isn't stressed out?," said Nick Lokken, student.

The nationwide survey suggests the emotional health of college freshman has fallen to the lowest level, in 25 years. That's when the poll was first introduced. Now, there's even more to weigh heavily on the shoulders of young students.

"I am trying to figure out what to go into, where I can get a job right out of college," said Lokken.

Researchers say girls have a more difficult time dealing with it all.

"Guys will fight it out," said Lokken. "Then its all good. Girls seem to hold grudges from my experience with them."

"I love to run and that's how I deal with my stress," said Lokken. "Working out is a major stress reliever."

An adviser on Blinn's Bryan campus says there maybe more reasons for the increase in mental problems for first-year students.

"It is more acceptable and students are seeking help more than they did in the past," said Mike Yeater, Director of Academic Advising and Counseling, Blinn College.

He also attributes it to how the definition of mental health has evolved.

"Today, depression is a mental health issue and we all deal with that at some point in our lives," said Yeater.

Blinn students can visit a licensed counselor on campus or go to seminars and workshops to help with their transition. Still, Yeater says its all just a part of life.

"You wouldn't recognize happiness if you didn't have some trying times, " said Yeater.

The study also found a generally positive attitude toward higher education. Nearly 58 percent of freshmen expect they will be satisfied with their college experience. Almost 73 percent believe that college will increase their earning power

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