College Stress and Campus Calm

As parents, we can madly forward tips and suggestions to our stressed out teens and college kids, but we can't make them relax. And who can blame them? They've spent four years in the college admissions pressure cooker known as high school, and now they're small fish in a big, college pond. So here's a little advice from college stress expert Maria Pascucci, founder of Campus and author of Campus Calm University: The College Student's 10-Step Blueprint to Stop Stressing.

Q: How can we help our college kids de-stress their lives?
A: Far too many students today have been working nonstop since they crawled down the birth canal. They were over-scheduled long before they entered college...Most parents want what’s best for their children. The problem is, most parents buy into the myths about what it takes to be successful in life. They have allowed the marketing and hype over college admissions to scare them into believing that their kids will only be happy and successful if they get straight As, attend an Ivy League college or grad school and compile the perfect success portfolio, complete with a laundry list of extra-curriculars. They, in turn, pass their anxieties on to their children. Unfortunately, schools today largely reinforce to students that it is “all about the grades.”Read more...

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