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The study programme ends with one major assignment. And it can be stressful, exhausting, and uplifting, to write it. The University Post has found a few bachelor’s and master’s thesis stories.
Students at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences use board games, mentoring schemes, and armchairs to prevent stress and remind each other that student life has much more to offer than just textbooks.
Danish students reacted when they realised the international students were going home without making Danish friends. But then the Danes forgot that the café was for the Danes too. Yet Studenterhuset director Jacob Ørum insists on bringing the two groups together. Because »you become a better human being by not only being around people who are like yourself.«
The University of Copenhagen’s guidelines for handling offensive behaviour have been the subject of great debate recently. A new study of the psychological work environment concludes that more than 300 employees have been victims of bullying and harassment in the past year.
An estimated 25,000 people suffer a concussion each year in Denmark. The effects can extend far beyond the immediate symptoms, and no-one can say for sure how long it will take to get better. At uni, our brain is our most important asset. What do we do, then, when we can’t rely on it?
The Danish Study Progress Reform has not had any impact on the number of students taking student jobs. Quite the contrary, more students have student jobs now than three years ago, according to new figures from the Danish Association of Masters and PhDs (DM).
It started with insomnia and exam stress. Then came heart palpitations, chronic fatigue and irritation. After a tough semester Emil is now on sick leave with a depression. And he is, by far, not the only one.
The past four years, student chaplain Inger Lundager has talked to students at the Faculty of Humanities about everything that hurts in life – from heartache, to stress, to performance anxiety. She believes that young people today have to face too much pressure.
It was tough to combine studies, a job search, and family life. But Christina just smiled, and took it all in her stride. At least on Instagram. Until one day she was lying down on the floor of the living room, under the table, unable to move.
If the study environment is afflicted by a performance culture, then any changes should start with the students themselves, according to the students behind a club at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.