Ann Arbor, Mich—The scenario is becoming
all too common across college campuses today. Students face not only the time-honored
ritual of leaving family and longtime friends, but a host of other pressures.
New relationships can send students on an emotional roller coaster, while
parents in the throes of divorce may add to the anxiety. The pressure to succeed
academically perhaps has never been higher, and at the first sign of falling
grades, even students who excelled in high school may wonder if they are really
college material. And as college costs continue to climb, students approaching
gradation with substantial loans to be repaid face the gloomiest job market
in the past decade.
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