8 Ways College Is Bad For Your Health
From the top online college to Harvard University, students are streaming into institutions of higher learning and all the idea that college will improve their lives in some way. However, it would appear that, at least in some ways, college may be leaving students in a worse off than they were before.
As of 2009, 36.2% of people between the ages of 18 and 24 were enrolled in universities in the United States, according to the NCHEMS Information Center. The university experience has become an increasingly common rite-of-passage, with parents often instilling the expectation of university attendance into their children from a young age. Likewise, many employers refuse to look at anyone who has not attained at least a bachelor’s degree. However, the common perception of the college experience is a checkered one. Whereas going to college can be highly beneficial to your intellect and professional outlook, it can also be extremely harmful to your health! Here are a few of the most common ways that undergraduates abuse their bodies.
1. Binge drinking is something that people all over the world often associate with university life in the United States. In addition to leading directly to some of the other items on this list, it can also be the start of a life of alcoholism – destroying one’s liver along with whatever job prospects a university degree may create.
2. Sleep deprivation is something common to the wild and the studious alike, unfortunately. Juggling classes, studying, homework, parties, dating, and various part-time jobs does not leave much time for REM – unless someone plays “Losing My Religion” at the party.
3. Poor diets are common among those who lack money and the time/willingness to cook legitimate meals. Frozen burritos at 3:00 a.m. are not typically recommended by dieticians.