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CITY COLLEGE–Despite it being only about three weeks into the semester, the college course load is already starting to feel overwhelming. Midterms are right around the corner, and class assignments seem to get longer with each passing day. Considering that some of the stress of assignments can be due to lengthy textbook readings, it may seem like reading for pleasure during your free time would not be the optimal way to relieve stress as a college student.
However, University of Sussex studies have shown that reading can actually reduce your stress by 68%, and even better, just six minutes of reading is enough to do it. So next time you’re stuck on a long train ride, wanting to think about anything other than school, consider reading something not on your syllabus and escaping for a few minutes into a different world that’s waiting in the pages for you.