Thirty seven college students at DePaul University’s Lincoln Park campus were surveyed in reason to find whether a college student that works during the academic year becomes stressed out compared to a college student who doesn’t hold a job. The surveys collected were entered in SPSS to determine my results. I found that students who experienced some form of anxiety had no effect to their grade point average. I could not find any significant difference between college students with jobs compared to those with out jobs in regards to their grade point average. Introduction
This study that I’ve done investigates how working and going to college contribute to stress among college students and are the grades of college students who work at least 20 hours per week affecting their grade point average. In 2002, The Associated Press found that employment and academics generally harm grades and are stressful. These effects depend on being a part-time or full-time student, how many classes the student is taking, and how many hours per week they work. The United States Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, conducted a study examining the characteristics and educational experience of working adult undergraduates, focusing on those who considered employment their primary activity. The participants were divided into two groups depending on their answer to the question, "While you were enrolled and working would you say you were primarily: 1) a student working to meet expenses or 2) an employee who decided to enroll in school?" In 1999-2000, roughly two thirds of working undergraduates' age 24 or older reported that work was their primary activity. Emotional stress, such as anxiety, is also connected to academic stress. More and more college students are holding jobs now in order to pay for college or to survive financially while in school. Reisberg believes, “Academic studies have also become much more strenuous over the last 30 years” (Reisberg, 2000). Many students are at risk of being stressed out during the school year, with reasons such as test and continuous assignments. Based on prior knowledge, I knew that overwhelm can be related to small daily hassles, while chronic stress takes place when several environmental stressors continue to be a worry for a long period of time, like finances and schoolwork. Emotional stress, such as anxiety, is also connected to academic stress. For all of the reasons listed previously, I hope to see that my study will yield to my prediction, that students with jobs will report feeling more stressed than students without jobs as well as having a lower grade point average. Within this study I will research the following questions: How does working and going to school contribute to stress among college students? As well as are factors such as depression, overwhelm, body image problems, or anxiety would affect ones grade point average during the academic school year. The affects of working while in college varies by the type of job held: full-time versus part-time. Negative effects typically occur because of hours spent at work take time away from studying, which may lead to lower grades. But student employment can also be a positive experience. Some students may gain experience at their job that helps push them harder in the classroom. Many students may also feel as if there is no impact on them physically or mentally by trying to balance a job and school. Within my study, I feel as if a student with no job excels further in academics than students who work at least 20 hours per week.
The type of study that was conducted was a survey that consisted of sixteen questions. I got my participants for my survey by asking random people in the Lincoln Park student center cafeteria and I also asked my fellow classmates to complete a survey for me. I’ve gotten thirty seven DePaul University participants in total. I chose to use this...
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