The student culture is a large one recognized worldwide. Students vary widely in ages starting from children in kindergarten to individuals who are enrolled in PhD programs. Student can go through a range of emotions from stress, to sensory overload, to relief and relaxation. Categories of students starts from pre-school, kindergarten, and elementary and then proceed to middle school, high school, college, and graduate school students. Students who are in high school, college and graduate programs tend to experience more stress due to the academic level and expectations from society. High school students are stressed about taking higher-level classes, SAT testing and what colleges they will get accepted into. College students have stress due to the high academic performance level expected of them and what career path they should take. Graduate program students mainly have high stress levels due to the academic intensity of the program along with trying to balance family time and paying back loans. Each year about 1,750,000 students graduate college with a bachelors degree while 2,350,000 are busy applying to college’s nation wide. Students have the option to choose from a variety of different majors and minors. The top FIVE majors that students choose on average are business administration, psychology, nursing, biology, and education. Each year about 18 million is spent in loans towards college and masters programs. In turn an average of 1,250,000 students drop out from college throughout the fours years and 1,000,000 students take 5 years to complete a bachelors degree.
The culture of students is made of many different ethnicities and societies. Every one of these brings in personal food tastes and habits. The people who make up this student culture already had these habits when they became students. New behaviors are what change these students’ diets to match the “student diet.” The most defined characteristic of this diet is convenience. Many students fit school into an already full schedule. To make room for this life change, other areas suffer. Tasks which may have had more time and diligence now are done haphazardly. Food preparation is one of these things. The quickest food a student can get is fast food. Fast food is high in calories, carbohydrates and fats and low in vitamins and fibers. And this is also the case of many of the foods that a student eats at home. A parent preparing a dinner while also cramming for an early morning test often grabs what is quick. Many times this is partially prepared food. Carbohydrates are a staple in faster prepared food. Carbohydrates are also a cheaper option. They cost less. They stretch farther. They last in a cupboard or refrigerator longer. Even when the food at the table is a healthier choice, the student often makes the wrong lifestyle choices with this food. Healthy food can still become a problem when the body is not processing it correctly because a student is not exercising. Healthy food can also be used incorrectly in the body when a student is skipping meals. When this occurs the body will begin storing “extra” supplies to make up for missed meals. When missed meals occur, this often causes rebound hunger. Increased hunger often causes people to eat faster. Eating faster does not allow the body to send the signal of fulfillment at the correct time. Food is still traveling through the system when the signal finally goes out and often in large amounts. If the student is studying while this consumption occurs, the signal is often lost or ignored. Eating habits can be corrected. All of these “student” habits can be corrected with effort and planning. They are not permanent behaviors, but they can be if they are not recognized. The most important way to change the student diet is to make meals a more important part of the day.
Interaction Students want to be able to have interactive learning that includes the latest technology. For example, group activities, experiments, projects, and online computer classes gives students a chance to interact while they learn. Students are able to take notes and use their laptops during class to help stimulate their learning. 2. Teacher Mentor Students want teachers who respect and care about students. Teachers should engage them in learning rather than just telling them. Students want teachers who sincerely try to help them succeed, answer their questions, and encourage them to achieve their goals. 3. Innovation Education should include fun and creative ways to learn. It should not be boring and should stimulate the students’ interests. For example, online classes sometimes have puzzles or games for students to play with which make it fun to learn. Group projects give students the opportunity to create something and teach it to the class. 4. Choice Being able to participate in decision-making gives the students a sense of choice or freedom. Students should be able to plan out what classes they want to take and when they want to take those classes. Not all schools give students the option to pick their own classes, but in the cases where students do get to choose, they are more content with their schedules. 5. Real-world application What is being taught to students should be applicable to them in the outside world and help them with their career. The class should prepare students with the knowledge and skills to get a job in the field of their interest. In nursing school, clinical experience is given to students so they can have hands on experience to work as a nurse after they graduate.
Stansbury, M. (2011, July) Five things students say they want from education. Retrieved from E School http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/07/28/five-things-students-say-they-want-from-education/
Being a student can be viewed as being in a transitional phase. These individuals transition into becoming adults. They are exposed to a new form of life with different health behaviors. Such as engaging in unprotected sex, drinking alcohol, using drugs, eating too little or too much, eat non nutritious food, smoking tobacco, and sleep deprivation (Baxter, Egbert & Ho,2008). Although 92.5% of students in the National College Health Assessment reported good, very good, or excellent health, 40.4% of students currently take drugs for depression; stress is the number one impediment to student academic performance, affecting 32% of them in the past year; and 38.5% of students reported drinking and driving in the past 30 days (Baxter, Egbert, & Ho 2008). Many have high fat diets consisting of fast-food restaurants and live sedentary lifestyles. As of 2010, excessive and underage drinking contributes to the death of more than 1,400 college students annually, according to the NIAAA (Baxter, Egbert, & Ho 2008). Binge drinking is also linked to a rise in injuries, sexual abuse, risky sexual behaviors, drunk driving and criminal behaviors among college students. According to the CDC, educating students about the risks and how to seek help for alcohol abuse is the best way to prevent risky drinking. Students are under a great amount of stress on a daily bases this affects their eating and drinking habits. It may cause lack of sleep, decrease in appetite and may increase their need for caffeine to stay awake. One of the most important health teachings for students are ways to manage their stress. Perhaps by educating students on stress management it may in turn help decrease some of their risky health behaviors.
Baxter, L., Egbert, N., & Ho, E. (2008). Everyday Health Communication Experiences of College Students. Journal Of American College Health, 56(4), 427-436.
To sum it all up… The student culture is among one of the largest cultures recognized worldwide to date. Where there is no set age for an individual to be considered to be part of this culture. An individual is considered to be part of this culture the moment he or she begins preschool and there is no definitive age or level in which this culture ends. A student’s typical diet is not one would consider to be a “healthy diet.” Simply due to the fact that a student’s diet primarily consists of fast food items and high volumes of caffeine products. Another factor adding to a student’s high fast food consumption rate is due the high costs of healthy foods. Not all students have the means to purchase healthy food items on a daily bases due the lack of funds. It doesn’t necessarily mean that students do not try to consume a healthy diet; it merely takes less preferences over other things which may need to be done. As well as, many students wish to learn material in a fun and creative ways, rather than the typical read off the powerpoint slide. Of course, many students also want to know the relevance of the material he/she is learning to his/her career. Lastly students have the highest rate of suicide, which is the second leading cause of death. Many students often think of taking this route due to the high levels of stress and sometimes, depending on the student’s ethnicity, due to the high expectations placed upon him/her. When these expectations are not met, these students often see it as their biggest failure to date. These high academic expectations is also the leading cause of suicide among students in Asian countries such as South Korea, Japan, and the Philippines just to name a few.
Sleep pattern disturbance r/t
waking up at 4 a.m. for clinical
after getting to sleep at 2 a.m.
from working on care plans
• What do students want?
• Hands on experience
– Teacher Mentor
• Teachers who respect and care about students
• Fun and creative ways to learn, not boring
• Freedom with decision-making
– Real-world application
• Relevant, practical, useful
Anticipatory grieving r/t
impending midterms and final
associated with crying fits in
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