After reading most of the comments in the ginormous SR20 crash thread, it seems like the pilot likely got overwhelmed at the very least. Fuel exhaustion may also have been an issue, and that may directly follow from being overwhelmed. As a low time student (25hrs), ready to solo, and having been "behind" a few times (well more than a few...) during training I understand how this can happen. Especially when in controlled airspace and being given instructions that may be unclear, or not correctly understood. Combined with loss of situational awareness, and/or disorientation - and I can see how this could happen. Suppose as a post-solo student I'm flying my solo XC (or heck, just a low-time PPL heading to a new controlled airport) and I get into a similar situation. Big airport, un-cooperating winds, a few go-arounds, and then I become confused/frustrated. Is it OK to just "fly away" and what is the best, clearest, easiest way to communicate that intention to ATC? Aviate, navigate, communicate... I know. But when in controlled airspace, whats the clear call to make (short of declaring an emergency)? Something like "podunk tower, bugsmasher 1234, student pilot, I'm unclear on instructions and request vector to somewhere safe to get my bearings" Thoughts? This seems like something that perhaps a student/low time could think about ahead of time and maybe rehearse mentally so as to know how to address a confused/disoriented situation.