Adults: 6 Minute English - Student Life

  • 2015.12.15 Tuesday
  • 14:51
Leaving home to start life at university is an exciting time for many young people but very challenging for some. Alice and Neil discuss the psychological pressures of making this big transition. They also teach some related vocabulary.

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through rose-tinted spectacles
seeing a situation as better than it really was

out of your comfort zone
being in a situation that you aren't familiar with and which makes you feel nervous

professional help with personal or psychological problems

missing your family and friends when you're away from home

pressure or worry caused by a difficult situation

balancing act
where you try to give your attention to two or more things at the same time

look after yourself
be responsible for or take care of yourself

planning how much money you have and how you will spend it

anxious and worried


This week's question

In a survey of students at Imperial College London, how many students said they suffered from high levels of stress or a mental health condition during their time at college? Was it…

a) 1 out of 4?

b) 2 out of 4?

c) 3 out of 4?

Check your answers by checking the transcript here.