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The Pressures on Today’s Youth: College

Elizabeth Guelpa, Staff Writer

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Ever since we were young we’ve learned that the best way to get a job is to go to college first. We’ve been told that the better the college you go to, the better the job you’ll find. In almost every classroom in elementary and middle schools, there are the signs that tell you what steps and classes you must take in high school to get into a Cal State college. Students in elementary school still have years in front of them before they even have to worry about high school classes and colleges. While eighth graders should begin thinking about what classes they want to take, sixth graders shouldn’t have to worry about that. These signs are only in the middle schools and elementary schools, but they are nowhere to be found in the high school. It’s high school students that really need to begin thinking about their future, classes and colleges, not middle schoolers. There is so much pressure put on students of all ages to succeed.

   All parents want their kid to be the best and to succeed, but sometimes the pressure put on young children can be too much and cause stress and anxiety. Some children become wired to believe that failure is not an option and that by failing they are disappointing their parents. There are many other ways that pressure can be put on students. For instance, even freshmen are expected to know what schools they want to attend and what they want to do in their lives. We are expected to know what changes we are going to make in the world. We are told that we have to make a mark on the world and that we have to make some sort of big change in the world.

While, of course, it is important to educate children on what is coming up in their future, we should be careful as to how we do so. If we make it seem like you must make a big change in the world, children will develop an impossible goal for themselves. While some people can make a change, not all of us can.

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