By Kaitlyn McCarthy
CCC Journalism Program

Students’ perspectives on the workload given by Camden County College faculty range from struggling to stay afloat to easy sailing.

Maria Versace, a vet tech student at CCC, has no problem juggling the tasks. “It’s just right for me. I mean I work full time and go to school full time and I feel like I can handle it,” Versace said. Versace takes on one assignment at a time and sets her priorities straight so she can make room for everything.

“For me, it’s not that bad, but it’s slowly getting there,” said Rossario Colella, a first-semester student at CCC. “I just keep the mindset that this is what I want to do. I know that doing this work will help me get to my main goal, so I’m working hard at it to get there.” Colella is taking his first few weeks as a college student in stride and looking toward the light at the end of the tunnel.

Other students, including Angel Deluca, a business administration major, find the workload to be a lot to keep up with. “It is very difficult to find the time to study for all of the quizzes, tests, homework and readings that we are assigned. Now that students are in college many have part-time, if not full-time, jobs that require most of their time,” she said. “Finding spare time to go to classes, work, clubs, homework and studying leads to overworked college students.”

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America completed a study in 2008 on college students’ stress and anxiety level. It found 43 percent of students rated themselves as having more than average stress levels and 10 percent said they had tremendous levels of stress. Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health problems on college campuses. Forty million U.S. adults suffer from anxiety and 75 percent of them experience their first episode by the age of 22, stated the Associated Press and mtvU survey of college students in 2008.

Camden County College students take on a workload that’s heavy to some and light to others. By Kaitlyn McCarthy, CCC Journalism Program

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