by Rozie Beverly
Unfortunately, there are common misconceptions about college students’ behavior that typically flow through the minds of those who have never experienced the very essence of being an excited college student. The misconceptions that saturate the mind of the poor misconceived about overly-excited college students may be filled with the following ideas: the students’ lives are uncomplicated, they are physically lazy individuals, they have no responsibilities outside of the classroom, they aren’t holding a job, their parents give them everything they want, and that they only care about the success of themselves and disregard their peers. However, these misconceptions are merely illusions through the lens of someone who, unfortunately, has not been in the mind-set of an overly-excited college student. Yes, there are times in a college student’s life that call for having fun, but an overly-excited student’s world is filled with a substantial amount of curriculum. Their shoulders are weighed down by specific routine order, never-ending project deadlines, exam dates, relentless to-do lists, unceasing study sessions, making just enough time to maintain a healthy physical body and mind, and sparing seconds for relaxation or pistachio gelato; whichever you prefer.
Furthermore, as an additional layer to his or her substantial curriculum, the overly-excited student still has to tackle life’s responsibilities. Shocker, isn’t it? As many of us have experienced, these responsibilities consist of bills and holding a stable job to pay those bills. Considering the economic downfall that the United States is currently in, most college students have to maintain a part time job--unless, in rare occasions, the students’ parents have the finances to support them. This job might be physically or mentally demanding, which could possibly cause fatigue and failing grades. This additional layer is what overly-excited college students call “the struggle,” and I can personally vouch that “the struggle” is authentic.
The gap of misunderstanding from those who haven’t experienced “the struggle” of an overly-excited college student, leads some to engage in illogical thinking, irrational feelings, incorrect assumptions, and unreasonable behavior towards the overly-excited college student. While the student is taking on the what feels like the weight of the world, their best friend, family member, significant other, -- anyone outside the understanding of “the struggle” -- may fail to understand the stress and chaos that the student is currently experiencing. This may cause the student to neglect certain aspects of their life. Eventually, the student will make it back around to these neglected things in their lives; all they need is some time to catch their balance.
As a student myself, I am writing this article to propose an awareness of our overly-excited students--also known as the highly academic achieving students. I personally request that the friends, family members, significant others, professors, administrators, counselors and educators have compassion when a student is struggling--whether it be in the classroom, by being unprepared for classroom or club meetings, or by neglecting particular relationships. I hold immense hope that the common misunderstanding of overly-excited college students’ agendas will be solved by an understanding of their chaotic lives.
In conclusion, now that you are aware of what college students call “the struggle,” lend them a helping hand and help them succeed. You never know the impact that you could have on that student’s life. Do not ever forget, if it wasn’t for that angelic someone that helped you along the way, you might not necessarily be where you are today.
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