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The Kubler-Ross model, or better known as the Five Stages of Grief, was a five stage hypothesis devised by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in 1969. This model was initially devised for terminally ill patients, and she later expanded this model to those who had experienced a job loss, a break up from a relationship and other significant life events. As a student, I tend to go through these processes the moment I hear the words 'Exam Result'.
Stage one - Denial. Students believe everything will be fine and they know their exams were successful. Thoughts are parallel to 'I feel fine. Nothing is going to happen to me'.
Stage two - Anger. Students are no longer denying their results, but instead express rage over why they had not revised hard enough, or why they did not answer questions correctly. For example, 'It's not fair! The question was unfair! Why me?!'
Stage three - Bargaining. Students just want to 'pass' their exams and bargain that they will do anything to pass their result. For example 'I'll do anything to pass'.
Stage four - Depression. Students enter a phase where they think of the dreaded consequences of failure, and potentially having to resit exams, resit the year, or in the worst case scenario, be excluded from the MPharm course. 'What's the point?' or 'My life is all over'.
Stage five - Acceptance. Students eventually come to terms with the worst case scenario and mentally prepare themselves for it. Examples can range from 'It's ok, I can resit in August and still have a chance to return in September' to 'It's only one more year, not the end of the world'.
Not every student will agree with this model by Kubler-Ross, but anxiety does occur, no matter who you are. It's important to prepare yourself for the worst and be determined to find a solution to a problem!