Many people think that the lives of college students consist merely of going to parties and taking pictures for Instagram. Many believe we all live in a state of unsubstantial bliss.
Many times my peers and I have been accused of being irresponsible or lazy.
But this assessment is unfair. From taking up to 18 hours’ worth of classes, doing homework and studying, working and going to meetings or events for various extracurricular activities, most students’ days are filled from start to finish.
Often, there are few commitments to sacrifice because a good GPA is crucial and students are always trying to find things to buid up resumes, as well as make a little extra cash.
None of these responsibilities can be neglected, causing many students to harbor stress and anxiety. I may be laughing in my latest post on Instagram, but that may be me laughing off the pain of the Canvas notification I got saying the test I had stayed up all night studying for has been graded.
Further, many students carry a fear of failure with them.
The fear of failing and dropping out can be powerful enough to break down even the smartest minds on campus. With the stresses of school and with the complications of life, the light at the end of the tunnel can get hard to see. Too often I have seen a student cry in the middle of the library from feeling out of control or overwhelmed. Sometimes, I have been that student.
Luckily, those around understand.
It is common for college students to put too much on their plates, and some students take this literally. There is a stereotype that college students don’t know how to eat well.
Students may eat out or eat junk food for a meal every once in a while, but this is not a way of life. I’m as much a fan of a quick meal as the next guy, but few can sustain on that for much longer than a week. Many of us are responsible enough to find time to prepare a complete meal and prioritize our health.
College students deserve more credit. Junk food, parties and the occasional stupid decision have been enduring staples of college life. But overall, we seem to do a pretty good job at doing the damn thing.