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Stressed Out On Campus

Students are reporting serious mental health issues on campus. How are colleges coping?

December 19, 2016

Wish we could turn back time,
to the good old days
When our momma
sang us to sleep
but now we’re stressed out.

— 21 Pilots, “Stressed Out,” 2016

College brings stress. Students are forced to juggle a mammoth amount of schoolwork, exams, social expectations and must also navigate the responsibilities that come with living on their own.

Campuses across the country are reporting more serious statistics of student stress.  

According to a 2016 study conducted by the American College Health Association looking at undergraduate students across 137 different schools, 86 percent of students reported feeling “overwhelmed” by all they had to do, while 59 percent reported feeling overwhelming anxiety. Nearly 38 percent reported feeling “so depressed that it was difficult to function.”

College is a really uniquely stressful time.... At no other time in your life will be like this time, where you have the constant stress of midterms and finals and high expectations.

— Molly Putnam,
mental health counselor at Seattle Pacific University

What’s Good 206 intern Abby Shalawaylo and KCTS 9 Intern Peter Choi turn to their their own college backyard at Seattle Pacific University and talk with stressed out students. 


Abby Shalawylo

Abby Shalawylo is Spark Public's freelance social media producer/talent. Abby is a senior at Seattle Pacific University majoring in communications with a theatre minor. She is a Disney College Program alumni and currently works at CenturyLink Field for the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC games. A few of her favorite things include musicals, movies, chocolate and getting to know people.

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Peter W. Choi

Peter W. Choi joined KCTS 9 in October of 2016 as a production intern.

He was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to the United States as an international student in 2011. He is a senior at Seattle Pacific University studying communication and sociology. He is passionate about international affairs, especially foreign relations with North Korea. He hopes to work as a foreign correspondent who covers national and world issues.  In his spare time, he enjoys watching films, beatboxing and singing.

Follow him on Twitter @peterwchoi_

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