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Study finds freshmen aren't dealing with stress very well

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - "You have to pay for college, scholarships, maintaining those scholarships," said ASU Freshman, Nikki Mullen.

"How do I deal with it? I pray," said ASU Freshman, Tyeshia Jones.

The road from high school to college isn't always a smooth path.

"High school is easy compared to this," said Mullen.

New research from UCLA shows nationwide the health of college freshmen is at an all time low for this academic year.

"They begin to feel overwhelmed after they have been here for a while because college is demanding," said Dr. Phil Hestand.

At ASU's Counseling Center Dr. Phil Hestand says it's that pressure to succeed in college and paying for higher education that can add stress to what is sometimes an already difficult transition.

"We have a full menu of outreach activities that we do throughout the year, so we do what we can to be visible," said Hestand.

"It's a way they can get to know the students, and the students can find out what's available to them.

"They need to learn to be psychologically healthy and mentally healthy, as well as learn all about accounting," said Hestand.

"The instructors that teach it are mentors.   We want them to work with our first year students.   We keep the classes to 25," said Executive Director or Retention, Jill Simons.

Simons is talking about making connections.   It's a mandatory class for freshman.  You could call it a "how to" guide for freshman year--addressing issues early on in order to help reduce stress on students later.

"Anything that could fluster them in the class or when they're back in their residence hall by themselves and if we can lay that out the first year, then we hope in the long term it will give them more success," said Simons.

For student Nikki Mullen, while college is undoubtedly different, she's finding ways to succeed.  

"I do things that will help me relax more because it is way more stressful," said Mullen.

Dr. Hestand says there's a dual responsibility when it comes to getting students the help they need. He says teachers and administrators need to watch closely in an effort to identify the students that need help.  Also students, if they're struggling with studying skills or a class, need to take advantage of resources that are available to them.

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