After last week’s vote in the UK to secede from the European Union, students—the majority of whom voted to remain—have taken to complain on social media and student forums about the outcome.
Approximately 75 percent of voters under the age of 25 in Britain voted to remain in the EU. Now, with the disappointing outcome, many are left feeling depressed and out of sorts.
I can't handle all this #Brexit drama so early in the morning before my final exam— John Carpenter (@johncarpo) June 24, 2016
100% reckon I'll flop this exam because I'm in such a foul mood #brexit— Pilcher (@Alex_Pilcher1) June 24, 2016
Edexcel should be giving us all compassionate allowance for this C4 exam after Brexit— Ragnar (@ConorKLarkin) June 24, 2016
*Fell asleep at 8*— Georgie (@GeoJones95) June 24, 2016
*woke up to study for Econ exam*
*found out the world is falling apart*
*going back to sleep*#Brexit
I'm supposed to be writing an exam, but I just spent 3 hours reading up on #Brexit. Xenophobia is scary. ??— Debbie Gale Mitchell (@heydebigale) June 24, 2016
One student complained in the online forum Student Room, saying:
“I've felt so down all day because of this, and just have this constant sick feeling in my stomach. I genuinely feel like I'm grieving... for our growing economy. I’m grieving for our loss of cultural enrichment. If we weren’t a part of the EU I’d never have met people from the likes France, Norway, Germany, who have so much to offer to our country. We have so much to gain from these cultures.”
Only a third of eligible voters aged 18-24 turned up to vote last week for the EU referendum, however. Sixty percent of voters over 64 voted to leave.
In light of the poor turnout of young voters, some students have started an online petition to make political studies mandatory at high school level to increase political awareness among the youth.
The Independent spoke with an official from the school examinations board AQA regarding the prospect of making special accommodations for “grieving” students. The spokesperson said that it “was up to individual schools to assess pupils’ health and well-being,” but would consider giving students extra time for exams.
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