I've noticed the only times I truly feel stressed are when I don't manage my time well and I end up somewhat backed up on coursework and have to learn and apply a lot of tough concepts in a short amount of time. Did anyone here go through school with lower amounts of stress (no stress would be a bad thing) through good time-management? I have a mild, semi-constant endorphin fueled approach to stress. Being able to work ahead of time seems like an excellent strategy in combating stress. I.e. instead of homework being a chore, it can become an intrinsically interesting activity due to its high level of intellectual stimulation being mixed with the fact that it's helping you move forward with your career goals. So, I'm not exactly buying into the idea that physics and engineering school have to be "high-stress" if you learn to sit down, pull your things out and get working right away. Of course, a few of my professors have confessed to procrastination as a student (and some still do). I also eat well and try to schedule in exercise and sleep. I don't really think much of free time. I think it's somewhat necessary to have some time where you give your mind a break and stimulate it with something else (particularly if it's well related to the field you go into), but not too long. I just don't see what the big deal is about going through school if you've got a good mindset and good time-management skills. I mean, if you REALLY couldn't sleep well at night you'd have to have 100 hours of pure productivity throughout the week, which seems like an absurd amount since 70 hours a week is considerably intense. The only time I lose sleep is when I procrastinate. I mean, I could see if you took 16-20 credits of technical courses at a time and had an internship/job that one might feel extreme levels of constant stress. But that seems far from a necessity (in fact, I think that would take a very high level of discipline and intelligence reserved for a smaller percentage of the people that graduate with these degrees). So, really, is there anything I'm missing?