Stress, Well-Being and University Life provides a positive and supportive guide to understanding, preventing and managing the stress that can be associated with student life.

The book is structured around the main stressors that are likely to be encountered as a student, such as the initial adjustment to college life, financial difficulties, and the pressure of examination. Throughout, the emphasis is on achieving well-being, by minimizing the disruption caused by stress and learning from difficult experiences.

Three main strategies are investigated for handling stress:

Reducing the likelihood of encountering stressful situations; Learning how to handle stressful situations when they can't be avoided; Moving on from stressful experiences and achieving positive well-being

This guide will be a great help to any student troubled by the pressures of college. The highly practical strategies provided here will help to ensure that the reader gets the most from their time as a student, without the interference of unnecessary stress.

Leaving Home and Starting University
Leaving home and starting university

(or, Alone at last – rejoice or weep?)

Choosing your university and course with minimal stress. Preparing to leave home and start university. Packing, travel to university, and week zero. The first two weeks; academic, emotional and social issues to expect. Resource location and forward planning.

Knowing where you're Going

There are plenty of sources of stress for would-be students before they even know which university they're going to. These might be well in the past by the time you read this book, but we're assuming that some readers will be given a copy by loving friends and relations while still at school, hence the inclusion of this section. Here are some classic early stressors.

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