Students with more work have better mental health

It may well have something to do with getting value for money, which less and less students feel they've had since 2012

Students are paying through the nose for their education, but it's not necessarily making them happy – nor do they feel it's worth the debt.

What it means: Stats on wellbeing and mental health among students are a depressing sight. 14 per cent report life satisfaction, compared to 28 per cent of 20-24 year olds overall; and 17 per cent say they are happy, compared to 33 per cent of 20-24 year olds overall.

Here's the geeky part: the higher a student's workload, the less likely they are to report mental health issues. Those with 30-39 hours a week of work to do (that's lectures, seminars, and individual study time) were significantly more content than those with 1-9 hours a week.

Value for money is a huge issue for students: the proportion of students feeling they're getting their money's worth has been declining steadily since 2012 – i.e., right when the fees hiked up – but it's started going back up again ever so slightly from this year.

The subject whose students are most likely to perceive it as value for money are medicine students, with 62% saying it's worth it; by contrast, only 28% of business students feel the same.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?