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Stressful finish to our years of study

PUBLISHED: 10:11 01 February 2008 | UPDATED: 19:35 05 July 2010

THIS week, the subject which has been on the lips of all my student peers is the seemingly horrific workload which we all currently have.

Endless essays, presentations and preparations for your final dissertation and then when you think that there can't possibly be any more you discover that there is in fact another project to start working on.

THIS week, the subject which has been on the lips of all my student peers is the seemingly horrific workload which we all currently have.

Endless essays, presentations and preparations for your final dissertation and then when you think that there can't possibly be any more you discover that there is in fact another project to start working on.

All this whilst managing a part time job, getting as much media work experience as possible to boost your CV and maintaining some element of a social life.

With just 11 weeks left of university studies, suddenly thoughts begin to turn from parties, social events and who's performing at this week's stand-up comedy event to matters of sudden urgency, such as 10,000 dissertation word counts, group presentations on the Human Rights Act of 1998, and whether or not that extra book which you didn't pick up at the library really will have that much effect on your overall grade at the end of it all.

Someone recently said to me that there's always someone worse off than you … and of course this is true.

Third year university students are not starving or in a war zone. But we are pretty stressed out right no, as the course which we embarked on three years ago draws ever closer to its final crescendo - graduation.

Despite what some people may believe, students are hardworking and did, after all, go into higher education to better themselves and allow them the opportunity to one day get the best job they can.

I guess if you can't cope with the workload at 21 years of age, you never will. Our lecturers often remind us that the mountainous university workload is just a taster of the real world and is simply a preparation for the big, wide world which we will very soon be entering into.

The people who have shared your three years of university studies with you; growing, learning and dancing alongside you whilst holding your “pound-a-pint” alcoholic concoction will soon not be there - the stability and comfort gleaned from people who were going through the same experiences as you will soon be going their separate ways and venturing out on their own career paths.

This really does put things in perspective for students everywhere, be it those who are preparing to leave university, or indeed those who are gathering their thoughts in preparation for the beginnings of their university lives. Those who can look back on their time studying will all agree that the time has flown by.

There is a risk that spending too much time dreaming about the future simply results in losing time in the current day, but as many members of my “live for today” generation start to think about leaving life at university, you really can't help but look to the future. It's an exciting but daunting time, certainly one that will not be forgotten.

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