What Do College Students Worry About Most?

Posted By Eliana Osborn on November 24, 2015 at 10:05 am
What Do College Students Worry About Most?

Money.  It is the root of most stress for working adults and it turns out, students are feeling it too.  According to a Get Schooled survey, more than 70% of those asked are concerned about paying for school.

In a survey of 1,000 junior and senior students, most plan to attend college (84%) but very few have done anything to figure out the financial side.  Only 12% of respondents had filled out the FAFSA — the first step in eligibility for grants, loans, and even more scholarships.

Teens worry about many things, from peers and grades to sports.  Paying for college is the top source of strain, unsurprisingly, given the scary news about rising tuition costs.  About half the high schoolers surveyed feel unprepared for college.  With so much emphasis on the need for higher education, combined with the financial burden, the pressure on young adults is considerable.

Get Schooled is a national non-profit group aiming to empower students to take charge of their own lives and futures.  Since 2010, they have worked at getting young people to graduate high school and go on to further education.  This year, the emphasis has been on attendance—reducing absenteeism and focusing on why being in the classroom is crucial to success.

In conjunction with Viacom and the Ad Council, Get Schooled’s recent survey highlights the fear that most students feel about transitioning to college.  In response, the group is launching a new series of public service announcements.  Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council, says, “We hope that this new campaign entertains and motivates teens as they navigate the college application process that can have a major impact on their future.”

There are three messages Get Schooled hopes students will get from the PSAs: get guidance, get informed, get schooled.  Information and support are the best ways to overcome the fear and worry inherent in jumping from high school to college.

The many facets of the Get Schooled website can serve to guide students.  According to a news release, Get Schooled.com “can serve as a guidance counselor, mentor, college test prep tutor, financial advisor and scholarship consultant to help students looking for a college education.

Bringing some celebrity and lightness to a big step in life, Get Schooled’s resources for students and advertising outreach aim to reduce student anxiety.  Their research findings come straight from their audience and provide a view of what today’s high schoolers are feeling today.

Eliana Osborn
Eliana Osborn is an associate English professor at Arizona Western College, with degrees from Brigham Young University and Northern Arizona University. She’s published widely in forums such as The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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