Many students at uni were once amongst the best in their class at school and their identity can be defined and bound up as being the best academically. At university, it isn’t possible for everyone to be best in class anymore. This can feel stressful and anxietyprovoking. However, adjusting to more realistic expectations can be positive: it is possible to achieve well without having to be ‘best’. It can also encourage consideration and appreciation of a much wider range of qualities that characterise the individual and are of benefit beyond study.
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