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Problems Experienced by College Student Scholars

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Coping Mechanisms, Personal Problems, Southern Philippines, Student Scholars, Teacher Education Institution
  • Guimba, Dr. Wardah D.
  • Alico, Jerryk C.
  • Taib, Aquisa B. H.
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Students pursuing college degrees are undeniably confronted by many challenges and problems. This qualitative study investigates the case of student scholars in a teacher education institution in Southern Philippines. Five fourth year student scholars were purposely selected and individually interviewed to determine their personal problems as scholars. Their coping mechanisms were also identified. The findings showed that the scholars commonly experienced problems in stress management, pressure, delayed allowances, enrolment, academic loading, library, time, grades, subjects, and teachers. Other personal problems in love life, physical condition, tribal affiliation, homesickness, dormitories, and relationship with others were limited to some participants. The participants also reported coping mechanisms for each of the enumerated problems. Lastly, they disclosed that these problems affected their lives in different ways. Based on findings, being a scholar in a university does not mean leaving a normal and convenient life. The incentives they enjoy due to academic excellence do not guarantee that they are free from personal challenges. Universities should look deeper into the lives of scholars and offer assistance should there be any need to do so. Exploratory and longitudinal studies are also encouraged to investigate extensively the lives of student scholars.

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