Revised Stress@CMU
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Not Practicing Zen Buddhism
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We have expectations.
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We feel pressure from family and friends at home.
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S1-12 I feel pressure from family members to succeed.
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S4-8 I receive a lot of pressure from my parents.
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T12-1 I attended Carnegie Mellon out of a sense of duty to my mother. It was a mistake.
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S5-7 Your friends here know what you are going through, but your friends back home don’t.
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Our families contain role models.
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S5-15 My sister’s really smart. I've spent most of my life following her path.
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P2-3 I was predisposed to be a workaholic by watching my father progress from factory worker to factory owner over his career. He was always finding better ways to do things.
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We compare ourselves.
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We seek status.
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S7-8 Student says that there is a hierarchy of students at CMU based on stressful majors and that this is unhealthy.
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S7-9 Student says that freshman year, there is a lot of pressure to take computer sciences courses to prove that you are smart
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S3-1 I felt pressure to do HCI because other Design Students were
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S5-34 We wear our units like a badge
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S5-3 We pride ourselves on how many units we take.
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S5-12 I am happy that I dropped a class, but I don’t tell people because I'm still really busy
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We feel inferior.
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T4-1 The term “overachiever” is typically said in jest or mockery, with an underlying tone of mixed admiration and envy.
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P1-6 Having tenure, I feel like an imposter.
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P1-5 Some of my younger colleagues are far more productive than I.
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T11-5 We beat ourselves up with self-talk like, “If he or she can, then I should be able to.”
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S4-7 There are a lot of aspects of my playing that are inferior to other members of my studio.
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T4-3 Overachievers remind us of our own shortcomings and lack of perfection that they seem to possess.
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We feel like losers in a competition.
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T3-5 A study found that when people feel as if they are struggling in a sea of thriving people, their despair is magnified by comparison.
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T3-7 When people go to therapy they feel as if they are the lone zebra struggling to catch up to the pack as the lions close in.
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T5-1 In high school, I was a pretty big deal. At Carnegie Mellon, my achievements no longer make me special. I am just one more face in the crowd.
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T12-2 I was accustomed to being one of the students that excelled in elementary and high school, but found that at Carnegie Mellon, I was no longer anything special as one forgotten member of a group of brilliant individuals.
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We regret the past .
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We suffer after tests
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S1-8 After suppressing frustration in public, I spent two days getting over a failure.
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S1-6 After bombing a performance I get angry, say negative things to myself.
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S1-14 After I bomb a performance, the negative feeling lasts about 3 days.
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P4-6 As a student, he felt stress when underperforming (failing) academically and experienced anxiety when taking test.
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S1-5 After failing a test I say negative things to myself.
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S4-6 I made several mistakes in rehearsal the other day.
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We obsess about past events.
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S5-29 You have the thought going on in your head what If you don’t do good next time
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S1-16 I go in and out of feeling stressed and thinking about the memory.
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S4-16 I have a lot of bags that I carry around everywhere.
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A14-9 For days, I wonder if something was my fault or I could have prevented things from happening.
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S4-16 I have a lot of bags that I carry around everywhere.
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We fear the future.
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We are nervous immediately before performing.
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S1-2 If I am prepared I have nervous excitement.
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S1-1 I get nervous about 5 sec. Before a challenge
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S1-18 I try to be in the moment before the event/performance
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S1-13 I feel very stressed for professional auditions.
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We worry about finding a job.
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S5-24 Having a job offer decreases the stress
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S4-18 In the world of music, job prospects after graduation aren't great.
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S6-2 Student finds it difficult to balance job hunting for post-graduation and current academic work.
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We worry about the future.
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P1-3 I can’t find funding for my current research.
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A14-4 I’m afraid that faculty will report me to my boss, or I'll get bad review. This has happened; I've gotten emails from my boss about complaints.
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S7-5 When this student thinks they can't finish a project before the deadline, they freeze up and don't do any work on the project.
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S1-3 If I am not prepared, I'm very stressed.
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P1-1 I had a nightmare in which my department head said my research was not important.
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Carnegie Mellon's Environment
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We lack time.
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Studies overwhelm us.
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S4-5 Playing in orchestra is another stressor.
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S7-4 Student was recently stressed about a project because they didn't have the skills to finish the project before the deadline.
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S5-4 Freshman year was the most stressful year; I couldn't get used to it. Now i'm more situated but I'm still really stressed
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S6-1 Student finds they are frequently overwhelmed by academic work
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Interviews worry us
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S5-25 It’s so hard to balance school work and studying for interviews because they are totally different
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S5-26 When you do job interviews you have to fly on site and one’s teachers don’t understand and cs teachers won’t move deadlines that much more for
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Carnegie Mellon stresses us more than other places.
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T6-5 Very few universities require five classes per semester in order to graduate on time.
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T5-2 First-years are newcomers, adjusting to a culture much more competitive and intense than what they have previously encountered.
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P5-8 In other universities, e.g. Stanford, courses are not so hard and it’s easy to get an A. This allows students to choose to excel on certain things.
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We don't feel nurtured.
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Instructors are mean to individuals.
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A14-11 The abuse comes from faculty, grad students, and other staff.
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S4-2 My teacher often berates me in lessons, calling me “stupid.”
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S4-1 My private teacher is a main source of stress throughout my time here.
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Professors are mean to groups of us.
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S4-19 I think some students are lazy.
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T2-4 A professor said “graduate students don't get days off” and held class on a day the university calendar marked for no classes.
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P4-7 Stress created by faculty with unrealistic expectations and unwillingness to accept constructive criticism.
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T6-4 Professors load the two weeks between Carnival and finals with midterms, essays, and project due dates.
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T2-5 A professor assigned a project with no warning before Spring Break, with mandatory submissions during the break.
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Returning to the grind is hard for us.
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T6-1 The transition from Spring Carnival to finals is stressful.
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S7-12 Student was last very happy when they were travelling with friends over the summer
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T15-2 After a fantastic summer I wasn't looking forward to another year.
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We feel invisible in lectures.
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T12-3 I was taken aback by the lack of individual instruction, attending lectures with many times the number of students as there were in my high school classes.
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T12-4 It was easy to get lost among the masses in these huge lecture classes. I also had great difficulty in comprehension and absorption of material delivered by teaching assistants that had poor English skills,
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People bother us.
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We are bothered by unreasonable people.
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S3-7 Working with slackers or non-co-operative people is stressful.
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S2-2 Difficult to argue with aggressive group member, even when the other group member is inaccurate.
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S2-1 Conflict with some group member. (strong minded group member).
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A1-1 She had an irresponsible boss ( faculty member) who occasionally did not show up of class; she would need to call him and remind him.
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A1-5 She would like be treated like a colleague and respectfully.
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Lacking control stresses us.
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