College freedom can trigger illness.
"Stress levels increase sharply, especially for freshmen," adds Beverly Beckwith, nursing director of the university's student health service. They're out on their own - many for the first time - and they have no structure in their lives. They have fatigue. They may not be eating right because they're skipping dorm meals. They're living close to other students. Some are homesick. They need some structure in their lives."
Even though campus health centers expect to see students with health problems from the beginning of the semester, the biggest workload of the year usually comes during final exam week of the fall semester, when stress, lack of sleep, and poor nutrition often combine with the flu. On the positive side, Kurland notes that parents should not worry because most students take fairly good care of themselves and know when to seek help. "It's all part of the development process. Students learn to become responsible for their health and well-being and subsequently become savvy health care consumers."
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|Title Annotation:||college students can become prone to stress-related illnesses such as colds and strep infections|
|Publication:||USA Today (Magazine)|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Dec 1, 1996|
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