Graduate students who find the harsh realities of life off campus too hard to handle are sneaking back to sleep, eat and hang out at their former universities。
Chen Hongying, an English graduate at Hebei University, rents a house near her school after failing in the exam last year. This year, she will have another try。
By getting up at 7:00 am for breakfast in the school cafeteria, studying in the school library 30 minutes later, and having lunch at 12:00, Chen is repeating her student routine of the year before。
"I feel so comfortable and secure walking on the campus I am familiar with," she said. "My two former classmates have been admitted by the grad school, and I usually have meals together with them in the cafeteria."
"If I stayed at home, I could not imagine what the neighbors would think of me. Maybe they would wonder: Why I have graduated but am still at home," she added。
According to the China News Service, in Beijing, Guangzhou and Zhengzhou, the number of school lingerers is up to tens of thousands。
Tang Haibo, vice director of the psychological health center at Central South University in Changsha, Hunan Province, said that the phenomenon reflects students' lack of ability to adapt a new environment. "After stepping out, the change makes them recall the quiet life on campus and they want to escape from society. They show they are dependent on their universities and seek to continue living in an ivory tower," he said. "But if they indulge in this sense of security the campus provides for them, they will become a frog in a well, never catching the opportunity to adapt to society." But Really?
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