Graduation Speech : College Students

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According to the 2015 National College Health Assessment, over 85% of college students have felt stressed or overwhelmed in the last year. As an undergraduate, I am fully aware of the pressure we, as students, feel. We are a machines, constantly trying to balance studying, our classes, working, having a social life, and preparing for our future. And we are still expected to get eight hours of sleep every night? I know first hand how this feels. I wake up early every morning, go to class, spend countless hours studying and doing homework between classes, attend more classes, come home, clean, go to work, and study some more. Every day is a work in progress of what I will become in the future. What will be my occupation? How much money will I make per year? How am I going to pay off my student loans? These are all questions college students ask themselves everyday. William Zinsser reflects on his own college experience in his article “College Pressures” and discusses why college students feel such an intense load of pressure these days. In “College Pressures” William Zinsser reminisces on his days as an undergraduate, and focuses on how he can turn it into a learning experience for students in college now. He wants us to take a step back from focusing so heavily on the future, and to enjoy every minute of the present, and more specifically to relish the education experience we are receiving. In fact, Zinsser says, “What I wish for all students is some release from the clammy
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