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BBC六分钟英语听力精选:Is student life all good? 学生生活都很享受吗?

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大家好,欢迎收听BBC六分钟英语听力精选,我们将会给你带来各种各样的消息新闻,今天要说的是学生生活的话题。
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Is student life all good?

学生生活都很享受吗?

对于很多年轻人来说,离开家开始大学生活是一件让人非常兴奋的事情,但同时对于某些人来说,也是一种挑战。今天,我们一起收听六分钟英语,听听Alice和Neil谈论造成这种转变的心理压力,并学习与大学生活相关的词汇。

本周问题:

在一项针对帝国理工学院学生的调查中显示,有多少学生在大学期间承受高压和心理疾病的困扰?

a) 四分之一

b) 四分之二

c) 四分之三

你可以通过节目找到正确答案。

听力内容:

Note: This is not a word-for-word transcript

Alice: Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English. I'm Alice…

Neil: … and I'm Neil. Hello.

Alice: Hello, Neil. You went to university, didn't you?

Neil: Yes. University – the best days of my life. I made fantastic friends, went to great parties…

Alice: Did some work?

Neil: Well, yeah, I did some work, but probably not enough.

Alice: Well, the subject of today's show is student mental health. So, Neil, do you think you're looking back at your university days through rose-tinted spectacles? And that means looking at a situation as being better than it really was.

Neil: I did feel out of my comfort zone when I arrived. Yes, everyone seemed to know everyone… knew where to go.

Alice: Yes, well, being out of your comfort zone means being in a situation that you aren't familiar with and which makes you feel nervous. Did you talk to anyone about your feelings, Neil? Did you get any counselling? And that means professional help with personal or psychological problems.

Neil: What? No, not me. I'm one of those men who isn't good at talking about their feelings, Alice. I just felt a bit homesick that's all – I missed my friends and family. But let's move on, shall we! Why don't you ask me today's quiz question?

Alice: Alright then. So here it is: 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?

or c) 3 out of 4?

Neil: Well, I'm going to go for c) 3 out of 4 because I do think that university life can be more stressful than people realize.

Alice: Yes. And stress means pressure or worry caused by a difficult situation. OK, we'll find out if you're right or wrong later on. Now in the UK, there has been a rise in students using counselling services.

Neil: Why's that, Alice?

Alice: Well, let's listen to Kirsty, a student at Exeter University, talking about why she has had problems. And here's a question for you while you listen: Did she enjoy her first days in college?

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Kirsty McMurron, student at Exeter University

No. The thing is… it… is a real balancing act. When I first got to university I don't think I'd really realized that I'd forgotten how to make friends you know, I'd been with the same school friends for seven years, and so I was trying to balance you know social success with academic success whilst learning how to look after myself at quite a young age. And I think that's the experience of a lot of young people. And people really struggle with it.

Neil: What's a balancing act, Alice?

Alice: It's where you try to give your attention to two or more things at the same time. So here, Kirsty is trying to balance making new friends with doing her academic work and learning to look after herself.

Neil: What does Kirsty mean when she says she's learning to look after herself?

Alice: Well, to look after someone means to protect or take care of someone – and in this case, Kirsty's learning to take care of herself – for example doing her own shopping and cooking.

Neil: OK, let's listen to Dr Ruth Caleb of the counselling service at Brunel University in London talking about what practical stuff students could learn before leaving for university that might make life easier for them.

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Dr Ruth Caleb, Head of the counselling service at Brunel University, London

Certain things that I think it would be very very helpful for students to have put in place are an ability to do the practical things of life – to do the washing, to do the cleaning and so on – being able to cook. Budgeting is extremely important in university life. And also spending time on your own comfortably.

Neil: Yes, that's excellent advice. I couldn't boil an egg when I arrived at uni.

Alice: Oh, really? Can you do it now, Neil?

Neil: Just about, just about.

Alice: Yeah? Great. And what about budgeting? This means planning how much money you have and how you will spend it.

Neil: I'm still pretty bad at that. However, I am very good at spending time on my own comfortably.

Alice: Yes, I can believe that – feet up, watching TV with a takeaway.

Neil: Takeaway, of course a takeaway cause I can't cook anything…

Alice: No.

Neil: … not even an egg. You know me so well. So how about the answer to today's quiz question, Alice?

Alice: Alright then. I asked: In a survey of students at Imperial College London, how many 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?

or c) 3 out of 4?

Neil: And I said c) 3 out of 4.

Alice: Yes. And you are correct – well done, Neil! The survey, completed by over a thousand students, also found that almost 70% of those that suffer from stress do so at least once a week, and 9% of students feel stressed constantly. Stressed means anxious and worried.

Neil: Well, I feel anxious just thinking about all that stress. Can we hear today's words again?

Alice: We certainly can. They are:

through rose-tinted spectacles

out of your comfort zone

counselling

homesick

stress

balancing act

look after yourself

budgeting

stressed

Neil: Well, that brings us to the end of today's 6 Minute English. We hope you've had a stress-free time. Please do join us again soon. You know where to find us, don't you? Go to www.learningenglish.com , where you'll find grammar points, vocabulary and more editions of 6 Minute English.

Both: Bye.

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