Anxiety rises among college students (includes mini documentary)

College is known for being a time of self-discovery and a pivotal point in young adults life, but what happens when this coincides with students’ all-consuming thoughts? Anxiety symptoms have become more common among college students.

A study from the Mayo Clinic Health System reported that 1 in every 3 college students suffer from anxiety. This mini-documentary gives viewers a glimpse at three college students’ struggles while trying to fulfill their academic aspirations. Although all the three stories are different, they convey the same frustrations with pursuing a higher education while balancing personal, work and academic life.

Experts shed light on the topic of anxiety and explain how to cope with such feelings. Talking about hard topics such as this one can help many people feel heard and understood. Although it might seem as if you’re alone, there are resources available to help you.

If you or someone you know is experiencing anxiety, please reach out to the helplines below. At Florida International University, try Counseling and Psychology Services (CAPS) at 305-348-2277. Outside FIU, contact the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI): 800-950-6264

Cindy Claros is a senior majoring in Digital Media/Broadcasting Journalism. After graduation, she hopes to work in the entertainment industry and for shows such as "Good Morning America" and "The Real" or start her podcast.

Janetssy Lugo is a student at Florida International University majoring in digital journalism. She loves reading, baking and listening to Bad Bunny. Working at a radio station is one of her goals as well as traveling the world.

Gabriela Perez is a senior FIU student majoring in Digital Media and communications/Broadcasting Journalism. After graduation, she would like to work in the entertainment industry as either a magazine editor or as an Anchor/Presenter. Her favorite getaway places are New York City and Los Angeles California. She enjoys reading, watching films, traveling and writing. She hopes to inspire others, to go after what their hearts desire.