Managing student stress: A how-to guide on dealing with anxiety at university
What causes student stress?
Every student feels the strain of stress at some point during their university life – including my peers and I.
Our discussions would often revolve around our collective stress, from talking about our financial worries to our exasperations over late night library sessions.
The common causes of student stress include, but are not limited to:
The workload at university tends to be quite a jump from that previously experienced at secondary school and college.
For many students, the leap in educational expectations makes it difficult to effectively manage time around different coursework and exam deadlines, often causing worry.
At university, there is also a real pressure to create new and lasting relationships with housemates, course peers and fellow society members, alongside the strain of maintaining old relationships – an overwhelming task.
Managing finances for the first time independently can prove tricky; figuring out how to budget, factoring in rent, bills and other living expenses, can create anxiety for most students (not to mention the stress that comes with going over your overdraft limit)!
Feeling homesick is perfectly natural when you find yourself in a new place. Moving to university is the first time many students have ever lived away from the family home, leaving behind friends, family, and the comfort of a familiar environment. All of this can feel very isolating.
Student Blog Writer