Nupur P. – BASIS Tucson North

BASIS Tucson North Senior Nupur P.

Social Anxiety and School Performance

Project/blog link: Social Anxiety and School Performance
BASIS Advisor: Mr. Johnston
Internship location: U of Arizona Pediatrics Dept.

Project Abstract

Social anxiety disorder is a condition in which a person has an excessive and unreasonable fear of social situations. My project is focused on taking a deeper look into social anxiety: its root cause(s), how issues such as student anxiety need to be addressed in educational settings, and what can be done to help those who suffer. I am working with Dr. Jennifer Andrews at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and we will be conducting a survey with young children to gain a better understanding of how students feel in certain types of social situations. Conducting a survey is the ultimate strategy in obtaining this data because it allows me to create a cohesive group of questions that would represent the emotions a student feels over a wide range of scenarios. Our goal is to identify which social actions, environments, and situations can trigger anxiety. With the discoveries from this experiment, administrators, educators, and families can incorporate a few simple steps into classrooms and at home to help children feel at ease. With the completion of my project, I hope to bring light to this issue and help schools take into consideration what small actions can be done to make school a less stressful and more enjoyable place for students. Taking social anxiety into account will help schools like BASIS improve their retention rates as well as make school a place where all students feel comfortable and supported.

Social Anxiety and School Performance