Senior Honors Projects, 2020-current

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Date of Graduation



Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Department of Psychology


Ashton Trice


Anxiety appears to be a problem facing many college students. The literature on anxiety in college students is expansive, but there is very little research on how students are able to balance their anxiety with academics. The researches in this study conducted semi-structured interviews with five students, four males and one female, at James Madison University on how their anxiety impacts their academics and what they do to succeed. The students came from a limited sample size but were varied in their mental health diagnoses. The results of the study showed many different techniques that students used to combat anxiety. The most common tactics involved talking or hanging out with their friends and roommates, running or other forms of exercising, and techniques that resembled cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). These activities and other distractions mentioned are cited by students as being helpful and could be used to help other students with anxiety in the future.



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