The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 259
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PRESSURE, PRESSURE, PRESSURE
College, with all of its
By deadlines and exams,
seemed to be a pressure-filled place.
Each year, many students dropped
out of school because of the pressure,
while many more suffered silently.
What was the cause of it all?
Clair Murray, DeSoto sophomore,
believed that the main problem was
time. "There's too much stuff to do,
and there's not enough time to do it."
Matt Deveau, a first-year music stu-
dent, said that in the music depart-
ment, "there's so much that they want
you to learn - they want you to be an
all-around musician. If you want to
Chris Webb, a Business major, and
Tracy Montalbo, a Denton high school
student, study in the Willis library for
their spring semester finals. Photo by
absorb all the stuff they're teaching
you, there's no way you can take a lot
of hours at once." This, however,
meant that it would be a long time to
graduation, and Sarah Entwhistle felt
most of her pressure "from my
friends and from my family. They
want you to do well, and they defi-
nitely want you to get out of school
as soon as you can - especially if
they're paying for it."
Thad Scott felt that pressure in
school came from other sources.
"The attendance policies are what get
me," he said. "I like to sleep - and
having to get up every morning
stresses me out. I don't understand
why it is that you can know the mate-
rial backwards and forwards, really
understand what's going on, ace your
tests, and still fail the course because
you overslept too many times. I also
feel pressure having to meet deadlines
when I've put things off. You end up
pressuring yourself by waiting until
the last minute - and then you lose
hair and stuff. Really, most of the
pressure comes from the fact that you
have to take responsibility for what-
So what to do with all of this
school-related stress? Si Millican said
"I don't feel it so much as stress as as
a challenge - if you can take it the
right way, it can be a good adrenalin
rush, and that can get you through
it." Terrell Walker, however, believed
that stress was inevitable in the col-
lege setting. 'Just do what you have
to do. You can't keep from being
stressed out - if you didn't say you
felt stress you'd either be lying or
you'd be dead." - by Steve Anisman
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