Thursday, April 5, 2007

Main Stressors

College life is said to be stressful. Some say it’s the best years of your life. Others find it difficult to adjust to the whole environment. Trying to balance school, family life and friends can be a very difficult task.
I am a freshman at OSUN. I originally wanted to go to main campus but my grades were not good enough. I am the only child out of 4 that has and still is attending college. My parents have high hopes for my future. They want me to go to college and succeed to the fullest. I really didn’t know much about college life. Growing up I didn’t have too many people in my family who went to college. My parents were born in another country called Haiti. They came from a poor family, therefore; they did not get the chance to further their education.
In high school, I had to pretty much figure out how to do certain things by myself. College life is the same thing as high school. Except the courses are harder and lessons go by really fast. I was one of the students that could not keep up. I thought, I could figure things out pretty quickly but that was not the case. I ended up failing most of my classes because I didn’t have the books and I simply could not keep up. My parents always said “Patience is a virtue”, well that saying does not go well in college. When you need books to study, you need them right now!!!
My parents have never been to college so they don’t know what’s going on in my life. I didn’t get a lot of help from financial aid because my mom made too much money. I ended up taking loans to pay off the rest of my school fees. On top of worrying about money, I have to help my youngest brother with his school work. And doing that is such a pain. He takes forever to complete his homework. When he fails a subject my parents blame it on me. They say it is my responsibility to help them wit my little brother. So I have money problems, dealing with my little brother’s grades and mine. There’s also the stress I get from my boyfriend. He believes we don’t talk as much as we used to. And we’re always arguing because I’m on edge.
I don’t get to hang out with my friends as much anymore. I don’t have the time to do chores around the house. I can’t even enjoy college life for one second. When I get home, I help my little brother with his homework, do my own homework and study, talk to my boyfriend for an hour, and later call my best friend. I feel so hopeless. I feel like, I can break down at any point. Juggling everything all at once and trying to meet everyone’s standards are just too difficult to handle.


Tabby said...

Wow! Really strong post! I liked how you explained everything as if I was there in your life watching you. I completely understand your stress, because I too feel like I don't have enough time to enjoy my college life. And as for your boyfriend I am right there with you, me and my boyfriend are going through the same thing. I feel your pain completely. I hope everything works out for you! And I enjoy reading your post a lot because you give great details and write as if the reader was right there with you!

adesulu said...

College is stressful. I think this went better than my freshman year in highschool dough. Nice job

JanelleTravels said...

I know what you mean. Life is so crazy right now with myself too. I have school, work, boyfriend, chores to do and people trying to hang out with me. I hardly have enough time to do all that stuff, let alone have any free time to myself to relax. I get yelled at too because I dont do anything around the house, but I'm never home to do it!! But I loved your post because I can relate to it. Keep up the good work!

Derek John Boczkowski said...
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Derek John Boczkowski said...

A lot going on here, which is good, but I suggest you narrow your focus in future blogs. You can write about a different stressful topic each week. that way, you can get more out of an individual topic. 5/5

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