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college bound, emotional stress, change in environment

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ExEx 14072


Consumer Sciences


John is a typical college student. Most college students enjoy college life. They like to learn, be with friends, and have the sense of freedom that college life awards them. However, starting college for the first time or even return-ing to college can cause some stress. Stressors may include guilt for leaving home and a certain amount of homesickness. In John’s case, his guilt is wrenching because he real¬izes that his parents are under a great amount of stress due to forces beyond their control. He also realizes that he can’t help his family if he is away from home. He knows his parents want him at college, but it doesn’t lessen the guilt for not being there when his family needs him.


Updated June 2009