College should be about students being confident in themselves and figuring out who they are. Instead, many are stressed, anxiety-ridden young adults struggling to make it through.
Since coming to college, I’ve noticed an increase in negativity students have about themselves and their bodies. This may be due to the media’s representation of body image, as well as the rise in “body-shamers” these days. With each year that passes, it seems to get worse.
Anyone can have low self-esteem or a not-so-positive self-perception. In college we deal with loads of stress, as well as the need to do well in everything that we do. We have to deal with enough pressure as it is. Whether it’s someone else putting you down or yourself, don’t let it control you.
According to a study conducted by Jennifer Crocker, a psychologist at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, students who based their self-worth on external sources such as appearance, academic performance and approval from others reported more stress and anger.
Be comfortable in your own skin. Everyone is built different. Everyone is unique. To me, college is about experience: being yourself and loving yourself.