Top Eight Stressers for College Girls

Heading off to school for the first time is an exhilarating experience. Most of us probably know that by now. College is jam-packed with a goodie bag full of firsts: our first test, first hangover, first boyfriend, first affair, first time away from home… you get the point. Just like we were hundreds of years ago in kindergarten, we’re first-timers once again!

While Ms. Jones might have taught you how to reluctantly share your crayons or recover from your first fall on the playground, there aren’t very many teacher-pick-me-ups once you reach the higher ed world. Yes, mom and dad are always just a phone call away, but when you’re stuck in the library at 4am cramming for your first big exam, those words of encouragement don’t really work. Damn.

College is a whole new lifestyle. Late nights, eight hours of classes, a whole week devoted to midterms and finals can really drive a girl crazy; and on top of all that other stuff, you’ve got to make it work with whatever roommate you’ve got in a crazy 11 x 11 closet space.

We dwindled down the long list of college stressors to compile the top eight stressors for college girls.



    1. The last one hits home! I've been roofied twice (never knew you could roofie water, if I had, I wouldn't have drank it!)- never again.

      The others weren't stressers for me- good finals, no roommate fights, broke up with the bf on my own:) College (so far at least) has been pretty stress free for me:)

      The only thing that I foresee as being crazy stressful is the transfer process…NOT looking forward to that!

      1. TWICE?! Wow, that's terrible. Were you okay?

      2. Kylie - Vermont says:

        I've never been roofied. It's amazing that it happened twice. Was it at a bar? A frat party? Ambushed by sorority girls? Any good tips you can share with the rest of our readers?

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    4. Mia says:

      This list sets females back about 50 years. It is so incredibly trivial. How about picking a career and finding a job? Managing your finances and student loans? Part-time employment? What kind of nonsense choices did this author make that lead her to believe being ill for the first time away from home was a STRESS? Lord almighty learn to take care of yourself and make smart choices that won't lead to you blacking out, failing classes, getting roofied, stressing out over a hook-up, etc. If you can't handle the emotional fall-out of the bad choices you make, then don't make them. I am your average college student and none of these so called "stresses" have ever stressed me out to the point where they could make the top 8.

      1. Kylie - Vermont says:

        There are millions of college stressors out there that affect girls differently. Granted, not every college girl knows exactly the kind of stress that loan upon loan is going to bring her. Since that is a big deal for you, you might be ahead of the game (and rightfully so, you should be up-to-speed on your loans). Getting ill at school is a big deal, contrary to how that might make you feel. The first time you have strep and the health center at your school doesn't want to give you a prescription pill because it's not "that bad" (which happens more than you may think) – or what about the first time you get bronchitis or the flu or mono, even. You're getting used to an entirely new environment, so no, it's doesn't make you emotionally-inept or even a "baby". On top of being ill, how are you going to make it to all your classes? Or what if one of your professors is a rotten witch and won't give you an extension on your paper? I'm not saying a cough should be a huge stressor for every college girl, but yeah, it doesn't change the game around a little bit. You can take care of yourself and have a good time – blacking out for some people might be the norm. But what if, say, you get so drunk the night you realize how much you're going to have to take out in college loans? Maybe this is the first time you black out (stress does cause people to drink too much, sometimes) and you wake up in the morning and the sheer thought of what could have – or might have – happened to you is too overwhelming for you to wrap your head around. Getting roofied isn't particularly a bad choose that YOU make. Yeah, you might be out a bar drinking, but what if your bartender slips you the roofie? You have no way of controlling that. Sure, you can tote your drink around everywhere you go, but if the damage is done, then there's not much you can do to help yourself.

        Lucky for you that you're emotionally and physically sound enough to lot let any of these stress you out, however, it doesn't mean it's the same for every other college girl across the country. I appreciate the comment and the fact that you bring lots of other stressors to light (because there are definitely dozens of external forces that stress college girls out) so next time I'll try to incorporate monetary issues into the mix!

      2. Mia says:

        I appreciate that you didn't get mad at my response, I admit I was trying to poke a bit. But to be honest, I still don't understand how getting roofied or being ill away from home is such a stress. Your bartender? Really? If you are worried about your bartender slipping drugs in your drink (which is really unlikely, because they would be in huge trouble when they are inevitably caught, not to mention unemployed), then watch them make it, or better yet, don't drink! A lot of the things that stress girls out, hangovers, being roofied, etc are problems that are built into an alcohol oriented culture/lifestyle. They aren't things that are inevitable (like getting sick). I am not a big drinker, I will never drink outside the company of close friends and I will never drink enough to get drunk. I guess I just don't understand the entire mindset behind the get wasted, black out, hungover "I can't remember my weekend" lifestyle. If you are stressed out, don't go drinking, go for a run, see a movie, better yet, see a counselor. Be productive instead of destructive.

      3. Kylie - Vermont says:

        You're right, drinking is a choice that you make, so if you're only choosing to drink with close friends, good for you. For the other 99% of females that might enjoy drinking at the bar, that might not be the case. You're asking girls to pay way more attention than anyone is really going to pay. Watch my bartender make my drink? What if his/her back is turned? Or he's running to the opposite end of the bar to get the gin? In an overcrowded bar at 2am I really doubt that my bartender is going to bend over backwards to make sure I see just how they're making my drink. Obviously if the roofie is coming from a bartender, there is a bigger problem at hand, but still it doesn't mean that YOU should be at fault for it. Think about all the girls that are drugged and raped but they were aware of their surroundings but just can't remember what happened next, or how they got raped; or how they even put themselves into a situation to get raped. Or what about the girl who drank before the bar, went out with friends and had a good time, came back home and locked her dorm room door but yet some creep followed her and broke his way in. Sure, she was drunk but she wasn't stupid. Might be worse case scenario here but it doesn't mean that all problems arise from girls drinking at a bar. It's totally cool that you're not a big drinker – one of my best friends in school didn't drink at all – so I get that you can't really understand why anyone would want to black out, or that you don't get why anyone would choose to make that kind of judgment call, but I think it's unfair to deem all of the things that aren't fit for you unfit for girls everywhere else. I really respect where you're coming from but… different strokes for different folks!

      4. Mary says:

        I think this is aimed towards freshman girls, who are not old enough to go to a bar and drink. So the concern is that a creepy guy is going to slip something into your drink at a party, which has actually happened to a few of my friends. Frankly as a college freshman I find this very relatable and I have experienced quite a few of these stresses.

    5. Lauren says:

      This is actually a really good list of stressers for college. My freshman year, I had the boyfriend drama, roommate fight, sick at school, and weight gain. The boy drama stayed with me the whole year which added enough stress as it was. Being sick at school was probably the most frustrated experience last year. No matter what I did, I couldn't stay healthy longer than a week or two. I just wanted to go home and have my own bed instead of living in a forced triple the size of a walk-in closet while my roommates were throwing parties every weekend; talk about miserable. As for the roommate fight, we all got along great the whole year then one day everyone just blew up and let out everything that had frustrated them all year. It felt good to get everything off our chests but it would have been better to just talk it out as it happened instead of bottling it up all year. This is a good article and it definitely helps prepare freshmen for some things they should expect to happen their first year.

    6. lulu says:

      Some of these things are definite causes of stress. The roommate thing was a big deal because we hated each other and it caused a lot of tension. I also had a big trauma lol but I'm way past that and don't want to discuss it. I was lucky and didn't encounter the rest of the stuff. I actually ended up losing weight! Haha so much so my clothes didn't even fit anymore. At home I mostly drive everywhere but at college I didn't have a car and even though everything was pretty close I was walking almost all the time, every day. I lost 30 pounds! And I started eating healthier than at home. At school I ate veggies and fruits and at home I eat fast food. So that was a big positive for me.

    7. Julia Johnson says:

      Typo on the picture, HHAHAHAA

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