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Can anger influence a student’s college life?
Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion. But when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems—problems at work, in your personal relationships, and in the overall quality of your life. And it can make you feel as though you're at the mercy of an unpredictable and powerful emotion. Anger is a feeling ofdispleasure, hostility or exasperation toward someone or something. Anger is also when a person feels lonely or in certain situations when one feels depressed. Everybody experiences anger, some people more than others. It can be experience once a day, or even more. People can be angry for days, months and even years.
According to a study by Bonny Donzella, Terry Kinney and Brian Smith, more than26% of students in a United States college have experience suppressed anger. Anger can be caused by many things and how it is handle varies from person to person. The way people deal with anger can affect many aspects of their life. Everyone can jeopardize and lose a lot in their life because of anger, for instance college students. Anger can influence and endanger a student’s college life. Theirgrades and relationship with colleagues and teachers can be affected by their anger. Anger can lead to depression; if the student does not get help he might make wrong decisions. Decisions such as, dropping out of college, abusing drugs or even putting their lives at risk.
Freshmen beginning college usually have expectations about college life long before
actually leaving home. Some studentslook forward to college, and are eager to experience more freedom and adventure. Other individuals may be enthusiastic about college initially, but then discover that the actual experience falls short of their expectations. They don’t feel happy, comfortable, or secure in their new environment. In addition, there are some students who know that leaving home will be difficult and, therefore, dreadthe thought of packing and going to college. No matter what the expectations, nearly every student encounters challenging experiences or obstacles at the beginning of college that they didn’t anticipate. Positive life changes produce stress, and certainly the changes involved in leaving home for college are demanding and can lead to varying emotions including sadness, loneliness and worry. Thesefeelings are typical and part of the normal developmental transition to college.
When a college student is angry his or her grades can be affected jeopardizing their future in the institution. Peter Sawyer, from the International Journal of Epidemiology, made a research where he showed how influential anger can be. His study showed that out of 3,726 students 58.9% had used violent acts at leastonce in the past year. The students that had used violence in the past year had a lower GPA (grade point average) than students without any violent acts. The average GPA of students without any violence ran from 3.2 to 4.0 and the average GPA for the ones with history of violence in the past year ran from 1.6 to 2.9 on a 4.0 scale. Having bad grades feeds the anger and desperation of collegestudents. Little do they know that these same facts are mostly the ones causing the problem. Most students might need help dealing with their anger. When students cannot find a solution for their anger they often start abusing alcohol or other drugs.
“A number of studies have shown that students experience a wide range of harms related
to alcohol consumption including aggression” said Samantha Wells,a scientist at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health. “The more drinks students consumed, the greater the likelihood to experience aggression” she said. Wells is right. In Sawyer’s research people who drink and smoke are more violent than people who do not. Students do not notice that even though alcohol helps them forget for the moment, it can also make them angrier and more aggressive....
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