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Eduardo Urbina
Professor Apiafi
Health Education
October 20, 2016
Case Study
In this paper I will be discussing about this young woman named Katya. She is currently
in her first year of college. Katya has a grade point average of a 3.0 working hard and studying in
order to hold her grades high. Lately she has been experiencing severe anxiety before taking
exams/test. She has also felt her anxiety getting worst to the point that it has caused panic attacks
and giving her other problems. She has come to the conclusion that the cause of this is the hard
work that she has been putting into her work is not enough to do well in school. Katya has been
experiencing these symptoms more often now due to having a chemistry exam soon and if she
fails, she risks loosing her school scholarship. With her anxiety this high, she will need to find
ways to relax so that when it comes down to taking the exam, she does well on it and passes it.
Just like Katya, I myself also go through some anxiety at times. Sometimes I get anxiety
when I have to present a really big project to the class. It is similar to how Katya get her anxiety
over test taking. What tends to happen when I get anxiety is that I begin to pace a bit and
sometimes I can avoid eye contact. I might focus my eyes on the board instead of the people I am
presenting to. I believe that my anxiety comes from the pressure put onto a presentation. Im not
really scared of public speaking or speaking in big groups but when I think about it being a grade
is when my anxiety kicks in. What really helps me calm these anxieties is through physical
activity. I am currently on the cross country team and when we have work outs and long runs, my

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anxiety levels go down. I also have a passion for music, so before a huge project I listen to music
to relax my mind.
The first investigation i did was on an article by Asim Civitci that had to do with the
negative and positive affect when it comes to college stress and social support. What this article
really focuses on is giving great examples on how to establish a foundation to deal with stress
that a college student goes through in order to do well academically. In order to do well and not
be so stressed out over your academics, this article suggest to always have a group that socializes
with you and that can help you with your studies. So pretty much what this article is saying is to
always have people their that you know are going to help you. The second article that I read
through was an article about insomnia and how it affects college students and how it can relate to
anxiety. The article was written by Micah R. Sidigh. According to this article, Anxiety can cause
lots of problems to a college student. Many schools now a day, are really overly strict with
academics and can cause the college students to get anxiety and insomnia which is what this
article describes. The students get these effects because their mind never gets rest of their studies.
They always have to be worried about what to do next.
Being social in this life is really important as a college student. The reason is because in
college you are more independent then in high school. In high school one had many people
surrounding you and the same people every day. In college, the only way to make friends is by
approaching or getting involved in some sort of sport, club, or just simply getting to know
people. So having people that can help you academically is really good. It calms ones anxiety
and can really bring relaxation to the mind. I would say a great solution for college students to
have is to get involved in some sort of social activity.

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Works Cited

Sadigh, M. R., Himmanen, S. A., & Scepansky, J. A. (2014). AN INVESTIGATION OF THE


PREVALENCE OF INSOMNIA IN COLLEGE STUDENTS AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO
TRAIT ANXIETY. College Student Journal, 48(3), 397-406.EGE

ivitci, A. (2015). The Moderating Role of Positive and Negative Affect on the Relationship
between Perceived Social Support and Stress in College Students. ESTP Educational
Sciences: Theory & Practice, 15(3), 1-9. doi:10.12738/estp.2015.3.2553