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Undergrads and the 3am e-mail

Why happiness, including that of students, warrants study

The lower happiness levels among students could be that university education comes with elevated responsibilities or it could be that they simply have higher expectations about life. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
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A: Ask any teacher whether they have received e-mails from students at 3 in the morning and chances are, they would say "yes".

As an educator myself, I always wonder what is keeping these students up and forcing them to e-mail their teacher. It should be emphasised that in my line of work (teaching), very rarely are these e-mails about urgent matters.

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