Ann Arbor, Mich—Syrian hamsters have
it easy. The most stress they may ever endure is being moved from cage to
cage so that researchers can study what happens in their brains as they tangle
for territorial rights.
College students might well envy such a cushy life. They, too, face
territorial issues as they jockey for the desk by the window in a cramped
dorm room or the last seat in the anonymous back row of a seminar class. But
for some students, the stress of adjusting to college life—with too
many all-nighters, keg-drenched weekends, and easy access to illegal drugs—is
off the charts.
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