Thousands of students fill Harvard Yard during the annual September activities fair. Photo by Julian J. Giordano | The Harvard Crimson
Thousands of students fill Harvard Yard during the annual September activities fair. Photo by Julian J. Giordano | The Harvard Crimson

How Harvard Students Got So Stressed

The erstwhile pillars of college — self-discovery, exploration, and growth — have given way to an anxious stasis in which students languish in their own fear of failure.


Concerns about “kids these days” are as old as Socrates. He once complained that children “no longer rise when elders enter the room” and so “are now tyrants.” The frequency of such complaints has rightly made many numb to claims of generational crises. Read more…


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