Student Shock Essay

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Student Shock



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Purpose: To discuss other causes of “Student Shock” and the best way to overcome it.
Thesis: Students experiencing intense shock and they don’t know what to do.


How to Overcome “Student Shock”

People say that the college years should be the best ones. If so, why are so many college
students miserable? These days more students than ever are experiencing intense emotional
problems; some even commit suicide. From John Kellmayer “Students in Shock,”
he explains what is causing the misery and reveals how schools are trying to help.

What is “Student Shock?” Student shock is something that affects many
beginning college students, making them feel lonely, anxious, and depressed. Some reasons
for “Student Shock” is the fact that many first-year students are unprepared,
leaving the secure world for an insecure one, and intense pressure on students.

First sign of “Student Shock” is first year students who are not prepared for
the real world. Some high schools do not equip students for the difficult academic work
they will face in college. Freshman orientation programs give students advice on practical
matters but fail to counsel them about the right classes to take or the emotional problems
of the first year.

The second sign of “Student Shock” is the shock of leaving a secure world for an insecure one.
High school seniors are “old hands,” big fish in a small pond. But the
following September they become the youngest, newest students all over again. In addition,
freshmen leave the security of home for the insecurity of dorm life. Without the parents
to handle problems and offer comfort, many students go into an emotional slump of
homesickness. The other thing is making new friends that were strangers to you before.
They must make the right decision on making the right friend he/she can trust.

The final sign of “Student Shock” is the intense pressure on students. More
students than ever come from broken homes that may not provide a strong base of parental
stability and concern to fall back on. Money pressure is stronger than ever. Financial
aide to pay back all money borrowed from the school. Students know their parents must
sacrifice to pay rising college costs, so the fear of doing poorly and disappointing their
parents is intense. Also intense pressure for keeping their grades up and not to fall out.

The best way to overcome “Student Shock” for the first sign, which was
unprepared for college, is to get prepared by taking summer classes such as English, Math,
and Science at a community college to get the feel of college, also to be prepared for the
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