Depression, anxiety, suicide, eating disorders and addiction are among the few problems faced by college students. Generation Z of our population, who fall in the age group of 11 to 16 years are falling prey to these ailments. A recent study published in the Asian Journal of Psychiatry based on a survey of more than 700 randomly selected students found that almost half of them (53%) were suffering from either moderate or severe form of depression.
A college is where students can hone their skills and learn new concepts, but it is also the place where they are exposed to different kinds of physical and emotional pressures. Let’s take a look at some of them:
- Fear of failure: Students have been tuned by the system to score a full hundred and anything below that would mean rejection or worse, failure. The education system enforces such norms on students which takes a massive toll on them. Colleges should opt for continuous evaluation so as to continuously gauge students and help them cope with difficult subjects. This reduces the burden of exam pressure and helps to promote learning and not just for the sake of examinations.
- Peer Pressure: College is that phase when students are social and end up making a lot of friends or peers. Peers usually have a significant emotional effect, some positive but mostly negative. If peers encourage you to excel or help the underprivileged, then peer pressure is positive. On the other hand, if your friends as you to steal money from your parents to buy a smoke or ask you to wear certain clothes to ‘fit in’, that amounts to negative peer pressure. Here, counselling sessions should be provided by the college to help students not fall prey to mischief.
- Technological Pressure: Technology today is at every student’s disposal. Students are addicted to their phones and social media to such an extent that they have lost contact with the real world. Hours of phone usage has also led to sleeping disorders which affects the intelligence and grasping power among students.
Well, there will be pressures at every step in one’s life. We just have to make sure we equip the generations to come to understand what’s right for them and handle their problems to the best of their ability.