Statistics about the rise in anxiety in college Millennials frame this research project that aims to explore why contemporary college students at elite institutions experience more anxiety than in previous generations. The goal of the study is to explore issues that affect society today, such as the larger world—political climate, terrorism, violence/crime, the unemployment rate—as well as stress from parental and familial situations, and student stressors: transitioning to college, relationships with friends and faculty, academic stress, financial stress, worry about the future, and chronic burdens for students in minority groups. Research will be conducted through interviews with Hamilton College students and administrators in in-depth, semi-structured interviews to capture students’ stories about their experiences.

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Thesis - Limited Access

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Hamilton College


Bachelor of Arts

Date of Graduation


Faculty Advisor

Stephen Ellingson


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