10 Real Problems Faced by College Students!

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College days are said to be the most memorable ones. It is when you truly discover yourself, your talents, preferences and skills. It is also the decisive period when most important decisions of our lives are made. It is also vastly different from the school atmosphere. You interact with a much wider spectrum of people with different thoughts and ideas. It is very difficult to actually find the kind of people who you get along with very early.

The problems faced by youngsters in getting used to the place and make friends are rather short lived one’s and are part of the environment which is common while going to any new place. There are several other problems faced by students, which are physically and emotionally draining. In India, while the students feel they have grown up when they enter college, the parents and teachers don’t think the same way. They are restricted in every sense that most of the students don’t even get to decide what they want to study. There is famous phrase which states, “India is a country where students first become Engineers and then decide what to do in life.” Some of the common problems faced by these youngsters are:
1. Drinking and Smoking problems
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India as a country has become alcoholic. Until a few years back, we had people drinking and smoking in college but they always tried not to showcase it as it was considered bad. With the advent of social media, being stupid and drunk has become the new being cool. College students go out partying and drinking and consider not drinking as being uncool. Everything is fine until it exceeds a certain limit, but students are not able to draw a line which is a real cause for concern.

College life is one which is to be enjoyed but the obvious changes in environment and the social structure is making it difficult for students to adapt and it is affecting them in the long run.

2. Lack of Interest and Motivation

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College is not like school. Indian students are spoon fed throughout school and they constantly attend classes, extra classes, tests and tuitions to learn the same concepts day in day out and finally vomit everything on the day of final exam. Some of the students are pushed into courses which they don’t prefer and it makes them rather depressed. Students lose interest and forget the actual purpose of going to college and tend to become lethargic and uninterested. When reality finally dawns upon them in the final semester, it is already too late.

3. Mess Food

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College and Hostel fees are higher than ever, but still the facilities for students remain sub standard in most colleges. It is easier to find an extinct animal than a hostel mess which provides decent food. It is the nightmare of any hosteller and they spend their days in cookies and maggi which is not very good for health. Students constantly fall sick and no number of strikes or protests changes this pathetic condition in many colleges. It is high time a board was set up to inspect the food in colleges and make random checks to make colleges understand the seriousness.

4. Stress

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Another common problem faced by today’s younger generation is too much of stress and peer pressure. While the earlier generations studied and worked they were not remotely as stressed as the current lot. They are constantly monitored, and there is a constant need for competition and extra effort. Things are constantly changing and they have to keep themselves updated to stay in the game, otherwise it is very easy to get left behind while the others keep moving forward.

5. Part-Time Jobs

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Until not so long back, parents would never let their precious kids take up part time jobs. In India, working and studying was never appreciated. But with increased tuition fees and sky-rocketing book prices, many students are taking up part time jobs. Part-time jobs when related to what they study, is actually useful and can provide a great experience. But, most students take up jobs in pizza outlets and petrol bunks which distract them from studies and could pose a significant problem to their growth.

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