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How Overwhelmed are today’s First Year College Students? A Closer Look at the Data. 30 th Annual Conference on the First Year Experience Monday, February 07, 2011. Babson College Rob Major & Kate Tippo (Research Assistant: Penny Phoon ‘13). Introduction.

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How overwhelmed are today s first year college students a closer look at the data

How Overwhelmed are today’s First Year College Students? A Closer Look at the Data

30th Annual Conference

on the First Year Experience

Monday, February 07, 2011

Babson CollegeRob Major & Kate Tippo (Research Assistant: Penny Phoon ‘13)


Introduction

Introduction

  • Rob Major, Associate Dean/ Interim Director of Academic Services

    [email protected]

  • Kate Tippo, Program Manager – First Year Programs

    [email protected]


What does overwhelm really mean

What does overwhelm really mean?

Worry

Concern

Unease

“To Overpower in thought and feeling”

-Merriam Webster

Depression

Tired

Anxiety

Stress

"overwhelmed." Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2011. Merriam-Webster Online. 20 January 2011 <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overwhelmed>


First year national data 2005 2008

First Year National Data 2005-2008

CIRP: Your First Year College Year Survey. Los Angeles: Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA. (2005-2008)


First year national data 2009 2010

First Year National Data 2009-2010

CIRP: Your First Year College Year Survey. Los Angeles: Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA. (2009-2010)


College student depression

College Student Depression

  • During college, “students deal with a unique amount of stressors”

    • New Lifestyle

    • Friends

    • Roommates

    • Exposure to new cultures

    • Alternate ways of thinking

  • Using psychiatric medication, prescribed before college.

1. Tartakovsky, Margarita. "Depression and Anxiety Among College Students." (2008): n. pag. Web. 20 Jan 2011. <http://psychcentral.com/lib/2008/depression-and-anxiety-among-college-students/>.

2. Lewin, Tamar. "Record Level of Stress Found in College Freshmen." (2011): n. pag. Web. 1 Feb 2011. <http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/27/education/27colleges.html?_r=1&smid=tw-nytimes>.


College student depression1

College Student Depression

  • New Lifestyle

  • Friends

  • Roommates

  • Exposure to new cultures

  • Alternate Ways of thinking

  • Susceptible to depression and anxiety

Tartakovsky, Margarita. "Depression and Anxiety Among College Students." (2008): n. pag. Web. 20 Jan 2011. <http://psychcentral.com/lib/2008/depression-and-anxiety-among-college-students/>.


Students seeking counseling

Students seeking counseling

CIRP: Your First Year College Year Survey. Los Angeles: Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA. (2005-2008)


The cycle of student s emotional health

The Cycle of Student’s Emotional Health

Overwhelmed Students

Depressed Students

Students more likely to visit personal counseling


Reasons for counseling services

Reasons for Counseling Services

  • Vulnerability in the world

    • Virginia Tech Situation; 9/11 tragedies; War in Afghanistan

  • Recession

    • Loans

    • Unstable Job Market

  • Right Major to get the Right Job

    • Sacrificing what they would love

      to do

(2010): n. pag. Web. 29 Jan 2011. <http://www.citytowninfo.com/career-and-education-news/articles/more-college-students-seeking-counseling-10012501>.


Are student s justified to use the term overwhelmed

Are student’s justified to use the term “overwhelmed”?

Overwhelmed?

Online Social Media

Socializing

Partying


How overwhelmed are today s first year college students a closer look at the data

Since entering this college, how much time have students spent during a typical week on online social networks?

CIRP: Your First Year College Year Survey. Los Angeles: Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA. (2007-2010)


Effects of the increase use of online social networks

Effects of the increase use of online social networks

  • Intimidated to interact with professors face to face

    • Impersonal e-mails

    • Reliance of online social networks

  • Ban on social media = miserable/anxious/jittery

    • “Texting and IM-ing my friends give me a constant feeling of comfort”

1. Puglisi, Megan . "Social networking hurts the communication skills of college students." (2010): n. pag. Web. 29 Jan 2011. <http://www.thedaonline.com/opinion/social-networking-hurts-the-communication-skills-of-college-students-1.1689315#;>.

2. "College Students Addicted To Social Media." (2010): n. pag. Web. 26 Jan 2011. <http://www.citytowninfo.com/career-and-education-news/articles/college-students-addicted-to-social-media-10042801>.


How overwhelmed are today s first year college students a closer look at the data

Since entering this college, how much time have students spent during a typical week socializing with friends?

CIRP: Your First Year College Year Survey. Los Angeles: Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA. (2005-2010)


College learning assessment

College Learning Assessment

"The first year of college is all about socializing and getting involved in different clubs and organizations," Widener said. "Ohio State really tries to push us to find the balance between our social life and our studies."

Bradley, Thomas. "First two years of college full of socializing, not learning." (2011): n. pag. Web. 29 Jan 2011. <http://www.thelantern.com/campus/report-first-two-years-of-college-full-of-socializing-not-learning-1.1913169>.


Since entering this college how much time have students spent during a typical week partying

Since entering this college, how much time have students spent during a typical week partying?

CIRP: Your First Year College Year Survey. Los Angeles: Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA. (2005-2010)


Partying relief

Partying = Relief

  • Students use partying as a relief mechanism

  • Higher level of stress = poorer judgment of:

    • Time management

    • Alcohol consumption

    • Academic Motivation

Klein, Alana. "Incoming college students rate emotional health at record low, annual survey finds." (2011): n. pag. Web. 30 Jan 2011. <http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/incoming-college-students-self-191135.aspx>.

Stafford, Diane. "College freshmen’s stress levels intensifying, study finds." (2011): n. pag. Web. 1 Feb 2011. <http://www.kansascity.com/2011/01/27/2615990/college-freshmens-stress-levels.html#>.


How overwhelmed are today s first year college students a closer look at the data

Since entering this college, how much time have you spent during a typical week studying and doing homework?

CIRP: Your First Year College Year Survey. Los Angeles: Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA. (2005-2008)


Study hours

Study Hours

  • “These days is not that students are lazy, but that they are too busy — busier than previous generations of Stanford students.”

    • Part time jobs/internships

    • Volunteer

    • Leadership positions

  • 33% of students struggle with one problem: they simply do not know how to sit down and study (2008 Survey in the University of California system)

O'Brien, Keith. "What happened to studying?." (2010): n. pag. Web. 1 Feb 2011. <http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/07/04/what_happened_to_studying/?page=2>.


Quote from a first year

Quote from a First Year

“I felt extremely overwhelmed in high school. Academic, social, sports, and family pressures are often overwhelming. I am coping with all I need to do but barely, life is still very stressful and at times overwhelming, without an effective and organized structure, it would all overwhelm me.”


Quote from a first year1

Quote from a First Year

“It’s definitely different in a college environment, now that I am on my own. A daily planner and calendar definitely helps to see what evaluations and works are coming up. Whereas in high school, the teachers keep in touch with the student; in Babson it is very important to keep in touch with the professors; make it known to them any issues I may be facing etc… I guess it breaks down to the things I want are no longer coming to me, I have to go get them now.”


The next step

The Next Step

  • Increase awareness of this “phenomena”

    • The entire college community needs to be educated

      • Staff

      • Faculty

      • Professors

      • Parents

  • Continue commitment to research, to discuss and to evaluate our student’s perceived notion of overwhelmed


How overwhelmed are today s first year college students a closer look at the data

Thank you! Any Questions or Comments?


Supplement

Supplement

Comparison of female and male

Stress Levels

Overwhelmed

Financial stress


Since entering college students felt overwhelmed by all they need to do breakdown of men and women

Since entering college, students felt overwhelmed by all they need to do (breakdown of men and women)

CIRP: Your First Year College Year Survey. Los Angeles: Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA. (2005-2008)


Since entering college students felt depressed by all they need to do breakdown of men and women

Since entering college, students felt depressed by all they need to do (breakdown of men and women)

CIRP: Your First Year College Year Survey. Los Angeles: Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA. (2005-2008)


Comparison of females and male in 2009

Comparison of Females and Male in 2009

CIRP: Your First Year College Year Survey. Los Angeles: Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA. (2009)


Comparison of females and male in 2010

Comparison of Females and Male in 2010

CIRP: Your First Year College Year Survey. Los Angeles: Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA. (2010)


Female students are more stressed

Female students are more stressed?

  • Female students are more likely to report that they are stressed

    • 46% of females ranked their emotional health as very good, compared to 59% of males

  • One aspect is how they spend their time:

    • Males tend to find activities that relieve stress

      • Sports

      • Exercise

    • Females tend to take on more responsibilities that does not relieve stress but rather adds on

      • Volunteer Work

      • Helping out with family

  • 1. "Stress Increasing Among Incoming College Freshmen." (2011): n. pag. Web. 3 Feb 2011. <http://gseis.ucla.edu/about/news-events/news/press-clips/stress-increasing-among-incoming-college-freshmen>.

    2. Lewin, Tamar. "Record Level of Stress Found in College Freshmen." (2011): n. pag. Web. 1 Feb 2011. <http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/27/education/27colleges.html?_r=1&smid=tw-nytimes>.


    Cirp the american freshmen national norms 2010

    CIRP: The American Freshmen National Norms 2010

    "CIRP: The American Freshmen National Norms 2010." (2011): n. pag. Web. 1 Feb 2011. <https://www.drcsurveys.com/HERIRegistration/docs/TFS10_Monograph.pdf >.


    Financial stress

    Financial Stress

    • “Today’s students will still be in debt when their own children are enrolling in college” – Wall Street Journal

    • Tuition rose much faster than wages and financial aid in the past 20 years

    Lockhart, Jhaneel . "Rising college costs continue to stress students." (2010): n. pag. Web. 1 Feb 2011. <http://www.theticker.org/rising-college-costs-continue-to-stress-students-1.2304869>.


    Effects of the recession

    Effects of the Recession

    • Students are more aware of the economy

      • First hand experience of seeing their parents losing jobs

        • Record level of unemployed parents in 2010

      • Undergo five careers in their lifetime

      • Competitive talents from China and India

      • Increase competition of jobs

    • 70% of prospective college students alter their college choices

      • 53% thinking of attending a less expensive college

      • 47% planning to work during Freshmen year

    1. Stafford, Diane. "College freshmen’s stress levels intensifying, study finds." (2011): n. pag. Web. 1 Feb 2011. <http://www.kansascity.com/2011/01/27/2615990/college-freshmens-stress-levels.html#>.

    2. Ramirez, Eddy. "How the Recession Is Changing Students' College Plans." (2009): n. pag. Web. 1 Feb 2011. <http://www.usnews.com/blogs/on-education/2009/04/08/how-the-recession-is-changing-students-college-plans.html>.

    3. "More stressed than ever." (2011): n. pag. Web. 1 Feb 2011. <http://www.mndaily.com/2011/01/31/more-stressed-ever#>.


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