It’s that time of year… coursework has been finished and handed in, the Easter Holidays are about to start and summer is only just around the corner. So everything’s great… right?
For students across the country this is probably the worst time of year for one reason and one reason only. Exams. Silly, stupid, stressful exams.
Yep that’s right exams are looming right behind the end of the Easter holidays for many of us here at Glasgow University. If you’re not already it won’t be long before you’re tearing your hair out or crying in frustration because you can’t find that set of notes that have suddenly become vital in your revision and without them you will, most definitely, fail everything.
The tears, the rants, the screams and even the panic attacks- I have experienced them all, from myself or from my friends. I understand the pain of exam stress.
The thing is we all laugh and joke about them, about how little we know and how we’ve done no revision and how we are completely and utterly screwed, maybe hoping that our smiles will hide the fact that we are freaking out on the inside.
Maybe you aren’t like that; maybe you are chilled out and confident about the upcoming assessments. However, I know, from personal experience, that this isn’t often the case.
Exam stress has become a far more serious and noticed issue in the last few years. The pressure students are under, either from themselves or from others has only increased if anything, making the weight of exam time all the heavier. It’s fine to joke but when students stress themselves out to the point of depression or panic attacks or worse, then things get a little less laughable.
So what’s the point in me getting all serious about this? After all you don’t need anything more to bring you down at this time of year and exam stress is an inevitable part of student life.
But we should all be aware of the potential detriments. Student Beans found in a survey of 1000 students that it affects a fair few even enough affect their health. They discovered that 92% of students said they felt worried during exam time whilst one fifth revealed they had suffered anxiety attacks before their exams as a result of the stress. Furthermore 61% cited lack of sleep or insomnia as a result of their worry, 51% claimed to suffer from headaches and migraines and 47% admitted turning to food to relieve their stress (53% obviously lied about that one).
There are even those that begin to suffer from depression as a result of the intensity of the exam period.
So, as we all knew, exams are not fun and games, in fact they are seriously stressful and can affect a student’s health and mental well-being.
So as hard as it is don’t let exams get you down. Do your best not to cry, scream or have a panic attack, either before the exam or during it, and having to be led out of the exam hall (that actually happened to a friend of mine last year). Get through them and I’ll see you for a drink on the other side.
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