The stereotypical student drinks too much, sleeps too little and misses lectures on a regular basis. In reality of course, most are hard working and see getting their degree as a cornerstone of their future. Unfortunately, it's often that vision of the future or perhaps other people's vision of the future that adds to the pressure too many students feel they are under.
It's a vicious circle. The course you're taking is a source of pressure and stress. You have loans and know you will have debts when you graduate. To pay those debts you need to earn and to earn you need your degree. Consequently you worry about the real cost of failure and put even more pressure on yourself and in doing so create more stress. Even if you're fortunate enough to have had help with your fees, perhaps from your parents or from some form of sponsorship, somebody will be looking for a payback in the form of results.
So, whether you're in the early stages of your course or coming to the end you have your own expectations, other people's expectations and possibly peer group expectations to live up to. At the same time you have to revise for exams and manage the every day business of living. As such, it's not surprising that at times you feel you just can't cope.
University pressures – how to cope with exams and expectations
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