Many students join colleges with dreams of graduating and achieving much in their lives. Moreover, learners have different visions and goals that help them work hard and improve their academic performance. However, some challenges are experienced before individuals graduate. The obstacles largely impact students’ academic performance, whereby some are forced to abandon their studies before graduation. Some of these issues that may be experienced in the way of being successful in college include poor mental health, academic difficulties, drug abuse, and lack of adequate funds.
Poor mental health has become one of the major health issues experienced by many college students. Cases of learners who have committed suicide in colleges have also been experienced in many countries. Depression is one of the mental health disorders that affect college students (Walters et al., 2018). Poor mental health is steered by the difficulties that are experienced in colleges. For instance, some of the students are from low socioeconomic families and experience financial difficulties, causing them to develop mental conditions.
Academic difficulties are another issue that may prevent people from being successful in college. Although students join learning institutions hoping to prosper in their studies, some encounter challenges in some subjects where they score poor grades. Moreover, some projects require much time and concentration, which is difficult for some students. Therefore, having low scores becomes an issue that forces learners to quit school (Walters et al., 2018). Furthermore, learners have to score the necessary grades for them to join the next level. Consequently, some fail and drop out of school, making academic difficulties a major issue that impacts one’s chances of being successful in college.
Drug abuse and binge drinking are some of the common behaviors in many colleges. Many students engage in these acts due to peer pressure which impacts their performance (Haardörfer et al., 2021). Partying is experienced in many learning institutions in the modern world, where some students skip their classes, leading to their poor grades. Moreover, some drugs are addictive, and users are forced to terminate their learning and engage in other activities such as crime to ensure that they acquire the drugs. Cases of students who have lost their lives through road accidents after binge drinking and partying have also been reported in many states (Haardörfer et al., 2021). Thus, drug abuse and alcohol consumption are factors that can prevent individuals from being successful in college.
Lack of adequate funds is a major aspect that many college students experience. Some learners are forced to work and acquire money to sustain themselves in school. Moreover, many projects require students to spend some funds, making it hard for students from low socioeconomic families. Some books are also not provided by schools, and students are required to purchase them. Consequently, these financial challenges can force students to quit school before graduating.
Lack of school fees is also a financial difficulty that forces individuals to leave school before graduating. In this case, some students join colleges hoping to acquire funds from a particular organization or individual to complete their course. However, these plans may fail, and a lack of funding sources forces them to quit school. Therefore, lack of adequate finances is another issue that learners may experience, impacting their success in college. College students can also be educated about these factors and guarantee that they avoid engaging in behaviors that can limit their chances of graduating and achieving their academic goals.
Haardörfer, R., Windle, M., Fairman, R. T., & Berg, C. J. (2021). Longitudinal changes in alcohol use and binge-drinking among young-adult college students: Analyses of predictors across system levels. Addictive Behaviors, 112(1), 1069. Web.
Walters, K. S., Bulmer, S. M., Troiano, P. F., Obiaka, U., & Bonhomme, R. (2018). Substance use, anxiety, and depressive symptoms among college students. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 27(2), 103-111. Web.