Halloween has come and gone, but for college students, fear is still alive.
“College puts the fear of life into real perspective on a daily basis,” senior Levi Coons said.
College itself is a scary experience. From your first year to when you graduate, there is a plethora of fears that seem to dominate your life, ranging from struggling with your coursework to getting a roommate who is a nightmare.
But one of the biggest fears freshmen have is the fear of not being able to pay for college.
“The money side ties all of the other fears together,” Coons said. “I feel like it’s a lot of money to spend to hopefully be better placed or better suited for the future.”
According to the college’s website, tuition for a full-time student is $30,735. If that is not scary enough, adding on another $9,215 board plan raises the total direct charge for college, plus other expenses, to $40,140.
This alone is a scary start for any college student. But the fear does not end there.
After-graduation fears can be even more terrifying.
One of the main fears is the idea of not graduating, but other fears include not finding a job, worrying about budgets and having to be on your own. These are just added on top of everyday fears students face as human beings.
Despite its scary moments, college is not something to be feared. There are ways to overcome the fear.
Professor of Psychology Ryan Rush believes that facing your fears head on is the best way to handle them.
“If you do poorly on a test, sitting down and thinking about how that impacts your overall final grade, you recognize that failing it is not going to be the end of the world,” Rush said.
Another way to handle those fears is to find your niche. When you find that, you will be able to not only find friends who you can talk to about your fears, but also professors that can help too.
For other students, one way to handle the fear is to talk about them. Holding in fears only make them worse.
Another way to help is to take some breaks in between the school day and relax, because stress and fears work hand in hand. Even professors can help you with overcoming fears.
“I try to encourage students to use the resources that are available to them because failure is inevitable,” Rush said. “We fail at things all the time, but early on I try to encourage students to learn from what they’ve experienced.”
Overall though, these fears are rational, but should not hold you back from enjoying college and experiencing it to its fullest.