Essay by sw33tcheekzCollege, UndergraduateA, December 2006

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According to our textbook, Psychology in Action, stress is defined as a "nonspecific response of the body to any demand made on it." Our body is always experiencing some type of stress, whether it is an eustress or a distress. Stress can lead to many illnesses; some can be mild like a headache, others can be very serious like cancer. Like many college students, I am always in a constant state of stress from worrying about my academic career. The two major sources of stress for me are: getting good grades and making ends meet to pay for school and rent.

I think for all college students, our biggest concern is to get good grades in all of our classes. I find it very tough to juggle four to five different classes each semester. Each class has certain demands you have to meet, and finding time to meet all these demands can be quite stressful.

It's hard to try not to have a panic attack when students are constantly bombarded with work, like having four exams in one day. My problem-focused approach to cope with this stress is to try my best to balance my time efficiently to make room to study for each exam. And my emotion-focused form of coping is to encourage myself that if I do well in the exams, then I would reward myself with a little shopping. Another stressful problem for me is my financial status. It's already difficulty for me to go to school full time, and on top of that I also have to work full time. I have to work hard to make enough money to pay for tuition, books, rent, and bills. My problem-focused form of coping for this stress is to save my money as much as possible...