Cornellians Reflect on the Pressures of College Life As Another Academic Year Comes to a Close

As the 2022-2023 academic year ends, Cornellians reflect on their time in Ithaca, and recount the pressures they’ve faced throughout the year. A 2018 survey from the American College Health Association reported that around 90 percent of college students felt overwhelmed and physically exhausted by school-related responsibilities, including stress of exams along with extracurriculars. About 60 percent of students reported that they felt a large amount of anxiety or depression. These statistics are part of a larger national debate regarding the mental health of college students –– many are trying to figure out what factors are contributing to these issues. Natalie Meredith ’25 feels that pressure from Cornell’s competitive environment is a factor in declining student mental health.