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According to a survey by, 95% of college students entering college during a pandemic have negative mental health symptoms that affect their academic performance and early career success.

As of 2014, anxiety and depression have been the leading mental health problems faced by college students, according to a Boston University study.

What many students do not realize is that much of the pressure and stress is under their control. That means you should be selective and realistic about the jobs, internships, projects, and extracurricular activities that you take on outside of school. Students and young professionals need to develop good habits to manage their time and how they react to things. And regularly you have to check in and ask yourself: Am I doing too much? Does it affect my life?

David Robinson, a freshman law student at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law and a graduate of Howard University in the Spring of 2021, experienced fearful respite for much of his senior year as he had to swap personal connections with screen-to-screen.

David Robinson, a freshman law student at Florida A&M University College of Law and a graduate of Howard University in Spring 2021.

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“The biggest issue … was just a lot of procrastination. Insane amount of procrastination. Even waking up to Zoom was just a struggle to get on screen – sometimes camera-ready, sometimes not – just being present and bringing everyone together for school was just a huge stress factor, “said Robinson.

Procrastination is both a result and a driver of anxiety, and the more you do it can lead to greater procrastination. After Robinson lost his summer internship due to the pandemic, he turned to real estate for professional development. In his senior year, Robinson had to study for both the LSAT and the Florida State Real Estate License at the same time.

Generation Z members currently studying and entering the world of work tend to be appreciative and love the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in the workplace, according to Empxtrack, a HR software company.

Roger Lin is a 22-year-old finance student at the University of Utah. As an intern at HF ​​Foods Group during his sophomore year, he exhausted himself trying to impress his superiors.

“I was really interested in this project and asked my owner if I could work on this merger. I spent two months meeting with investment bankers and preparing balance sheets for the eventual merger,” said Lin. “The investment bankers flew into town and I’ve shown them the nuts and bolts of our business since I’ve been there for so long. That was a heavy workload, combined with schoolwork and the sales role I was in at the time, “he continued.

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While taking on multiple opportunities can be a resume booster, it can have a bad mental health impact, according to Frederica Boso, a licensed mental health consultant for the state of Florida and a therapist for Brightside, a teletherapy company that focuses on cognitive behavior have therapy.

“If you spread too thinly, nothing will be done the way you want it to be. It’s easier to work with less labor or to divide things into work boxes that are easier and more manageable for you,” said Boso.

She suggested taking things slowly and in small portions to manage feelings of anxiety. It is important to address these issues early on as, if left unaddressed, they can create problems for the career development of new graduates.

Maria Offutt, a graduate of Ohio State University and current in-house recruiting manager at Teach For America (TFA), was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder during her first postgraduate tenure as an elementary school teacher.

Maria Offutt, Internal Recruitment Manager at Teach For America and a 2019 graduate of Ohio State University.

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“I remember after about six months my parents came to me to teach me my freshman year … and they said, ‘You look different …’ The reason I looked different was because I have been since then The last time I saw her I lost 15 pounds because I was so overwhelmed by my fear … my fear wasn’t social anymore, it was like a generalized anxiety disorder that wasn’t going to go away anytime soon, “Offutt reflected.

Offutt felt that she was under a lot of pressure in her role and asked fearfully: “Am I good enough? Am I what my kids deserve? Am I the kind of caring classroom leader that these kids really benefit from? ‘

One thing a lot of people do is hold onto things that didn’t go their way. They see it as a failure somehow. If you have these perfectionist tendencies, take a second just to rephrase it.

Rebecca Heiss, stress physiologist and speaker, explained how cognitive reframing can change our interaction with stress and anxiety. “Instead of accepting something as a failure, consider it a lesson,” she said.

If you’re struggling with any of these things, here are a few tips from Heiss and Boso to help you deal with the things that cause stress and anxiety:

  1. Heiss says an easy way to look at it is to do your ABCs. ASK YOURSELF – is it life or death? TAKE A DEEP BREATH. Get CURIOUS about what you are in control of and what you can do to regain control.
  2. Have a support system – counselors, friends, mentors – that you can rely on.
  3. Don’t personalize your mistakes.
  4. Make hobbies out of activities that you are naturally inclined to do.

Some of the early working professionals and college students I’ve spoken to use some of these tips to their advantage.

“The only thing that helps me the most is always interacting with others … it’s so helpful to have people to talk to,” Lin said.

Robinson has adopted many non-legal channels to set the line between his academic and personal life.

“I like to cook now … exercise … a little yoga … I like diary,” he said.

Current college students and young professionals have spent most of their lives with someone else (parents, teachers, etc.) in charge of their time. Time is theirs now, and it is so much more than deciding when to study, when to go out and when to go to sleep – or stay up late. It’s about actively managing time and activities and recognizing when something is getting overwhelming. Do you need a break? Slow down or ask for help. Otherwise, this stress can get out of hand and destroy our lives and sanity.

Take a few minutes during your vacation break to assess your stress level and see if you need to make any changes to keep your balance. Ask yourself: what is my stress level? Is it too much What can I do to better manage it? And if you need any help or assistance, ask for it. Just because you are alone in college doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. Ask a friend or family member or contact the advice center at your university.

We all experience stress. But how you react makes all the difference.

CNBC’s “College Voices” is a series written by CNBC interns from universities across the country about getting their college education, managing their own money, and starting their careers during these extraordinary times. Darreonna Davis, a junior journalist at Howard University, is currently an intern for CNBC’s Specials team. The series is edited by Cindy Perman.

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