Nobody ever said going to college was easy; it’s expensive, time consuming, and mentally taxing. Maybe that’s the reason that, in 2014, nearly 41% of the students who started their freshman year at a 4-year university ended up dropping out before graduation. While there are certainly other factors that can and will bother today’s college students, here are 25 Student Frustrations That You Probably Never Thought About, as well as some handy tricks that might help to deal with them.
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Yeah it’s probably written at the top of the syllabus, but let’s be honest, you lost that thing the second you walked out of class on the first day. Catching a teacher during their office hours is way harder than they claim, and that’s if you you can find where their office is at all. Here’s a hint: it’s probably going to be on the complete opposite side of campus from the classroom.
One of the biggest causes of stress among students, the grades that you receive in college could haunt you for life. Maintaining a strong GPA is important, especially if you’re planning on attending grad school, but it should be totally achievable assuming you study at least 40 hours a week and ace every exam.
If you’re a college student attending school out of town or even out of state, chances are you will be pretty confused at first. The best thing you can do is try to get outside, make friends, and explore your new home. Also bringing a map probably isn’t a bad idea either.
Remember everything that you were taught throughout grade school? Well it turns out most of that will probably be useless or just downright wrong. It isn’t that your high school teachers were trying to sabotage you or anything; it’s just that college is such a vastly different experience that most of the ways you were taught to do things, such as writing an essay, are very different from how they are done in upper-level schooling.
We live in an increasingly digital world, and technology gives us infinite opportunities to learn and complete tasks in ways that weren’t possible before. Unfortunately, it is a double edged sword, and a single misclick or faulty internet connection can delete that essay you’ve spent the last week on. It’s never a bad idea to back up your work when working on a computer and to check in to make sure your teacher actually received anything you turned in over the internet.