WIU students discuss their concerns about stress on campus


MACOMB, Illinois (NEWS3) — College students live in a mixed state of being cared for and taking care of themselves. 

Many students work jobs, but also rely on their university for food and housing. Some are still completely reliant on their parents while others completely fend for themselves.

Western Illinois University students spoke about what causes them the most stress. For some, the biggest stressor they have is balancing school with work and social life. For others, it was time management. No matter what they stress about, they agreed that there is something the university could be doing better.

“With my major, I’m a musical theater major,” Jakob Innes said. “So a lot of the time you’re busy from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.”

Busy schedules leave little time to destress and finish all the work needing to be done. Another student, Caroline Manning, explained how she wished professors understood the amount of work a college student actually does in a week. 

“You can always do something better,” student Rowezs said, in regard to how the university handles students’ emotional and financial stress.

Mackenzie Glasmann said that she wished the university would host events to help students apply for scholarships, similar to the FAFSA nights held in the University Union. 

“A lot of people don’t know how to apply for scholarships,” Glasmann said. “Putting one of those big events to apply for scholarships instead of just applying for FAFSA, because some people don’t qualify for FAFSA.”

K.C. Cappa just wished the university would hear students, and not just listen out of obligation. 

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