The collegiate pressure cooker

Who0ˆ9s Responsible for Elizabeth Shin0ˆ9s Death? A seemingly outstanding M.I.T. undergraduate committed suicide by fire two years ago. Now the parents are saying that M.I.T. didn0ˆ9t do enough to treat her stress and keep them informed. (MeFi discussion)

Personally, I0ˆ9m glad that my college is stressful. The pressure forces me to work harder and learn more. It0ˆ9s taught me time management skills, so that if I have a midterm, a paper, and a problem set due on the same day, I don0ˆ9t pull an all-nighter and flip out when people ask me questions. If I don0ˆ9t do well on one problem set, test, or paper, I0ˆ9m not a failure. Hell, if I flunked out of college I won0ˆ9t consider myself a failure; I0ˆ9d consider college an inaccurate assessment of my abilities.

The stress of college is important, but colleges should make students aware that it0ˆ9s not everything. All students can still live fulfilling lives without a 4.0 GPA. It0ˆ9s sad that anyone could ever become so blinded by pressure to succeed that they lose sight of how much they have accomplished.

(via Andy and Ari)

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