Aidenz saidFor a long time I've been skinny and struggled to gain muscle. I work out regularly and eat clean but I don't seem to be growing, if anything I'm getting fat but no muscle. Sometimes life and school gets in the way of me getting a good workout and rest. I also deal with a lot of stress and anxiety. Is it possible that the stress is keeping me from gaining muscle? What way is there around that
Stress is never good. It can indeed affect your metabolism. It can also cause your immune system to be less effective. You will experience more colds, and other medical issues.
I would suggest a part of your strategy should be to reduce your stress, for its own sake. Perhaps get some counseling, that many campuses offer their students at no cost.
You need good rest. Poor rest habits can contribute to fat gain. And never eat before sleeping. A good (or bad) way to gain fat.
I perceive you dealing with possibly conflicting interests: academic and athletic. One of them may have to take a lower priority. As a former University Professor and Registrar, and academic advisor to guys like you, I would say your best long-term interests will be served by going with the academic first. Your transcript will be your calling card for your future, including entering later graduate work if you choose.
Watch your health, but never put your grades in second place. You've got a whole life ahead of you to plan, and your physical appearance today will mean nothing tomorrow. That aspect you can always correct. Prioritize.