Anxiety in College Students

In an article published by Joel Brown he stated that Depression and Anxiety are the leading mental health issues that occur on college campus and recently have been seeing a lot more. According to the 2015 National College Health Assessment Survey 1 in 6 students reported being treated or diagnosed with anxiety or depression in the last 12 months. In Browns article, he also goes over when it is time to seek help. Some students can overcome these anxiety and depression waves, but when you’re missing classes and not engaging in your normal day to day activities it is time to seek some medical attention.

In another article posted on The Conversation by David Rosenberg he also was talking about anxiety in college students and some components that might be making your anxiety worse and you might have no idea. Social Media can set up a virtual and alternate reality that some teens can get lost in and make them depressed and anxious because their life is not what it is in their virtual life. Another big reason they see anxiety increasing is due to students need for Adderall and Ritalin. Adderall and Ritalin help students stay focused or cram for a test, but what most don’t know is that a common side effect with those drugs are anxiety and depression. Mix that with the lack of sleep and you can spiral down pretty quickly.

College can be a stressful time for all involved. A new environment, maybe your first time living alone and having to make new friends. You can get wrapped up pretty quickly in the college life style of staying up late and not getting sleep and that can catch up to you quickly. Your mental health is important and these two articles prove that anxiety is a real issue in many people’s lives and they need to be aware that there is help and ways to lessen your anxiety. If the stigma of mental health gets taken away hopefully more students would seek help and not be afraid to talk about their anxiety or depression.

Recap on College Tuition

My Topic: My topic was on the constant rise of college tuition, the politics behind it, and how to resolve it. I focused on four year colleges and their expensive tuition costs that hurt students who wish to obtain their degrees.

My Essays: My first essay was a definitional argument where I explained the current tuition crisis in the United States and how it came to be. I explained where most of the money goes into, which is libraries, academics, and facilities. I also included that tuition is not the only thing that students pay for, they also pay for housing, meal plans, parking, etc. In my second essay I proposed solutions for lowering college tuition in the U.S. I said that one of the best ways to reduce students debt is to cut interest rates on student loans. Tuition is already high, for moderate schools tuition is most likely $20,000 or more. For most students they are paying more than that because the interest rates on their loans are 8%. My third essay was a narrative paper about how myself and my peers handle the price of our education. I talked about how scholarships don’t come around enough to really help with one’s tuition. Also, aid and grants do not put a dent in the costs either.

My Research: For my research, I mostly used pro quest. The database gave me access to hundreds of academic journals on the subject in which I learned more about the subject than I ever thought I would. I got in depth about the politics in the matter and about what the government wanted to do about the situation. I also used newspaper websites like the Huffington Post for my research on tuition where I also viewed others personal opinions on the subject. I researched my topic about once a week, it was enough where I had all the information I needed on my subject.


Final Details/Observation: I learned that college is a business like anything else, and is affected by the economy. The demand for college has been going up for several decades which leads to the increase in tuition. I also learned that politicians are trying to create crafty plans to lower tuition, even if it means penalizing the college for charging too much.