High-school: some kids go to class, some kids go to parties, some kids go Harvard, and other kids drop out. No two kids are the same… that is what makes high school the unique and interesting place that it is. A high school caters to the wants and needs of a large variety of student types. Walking down the hall, you notice a pack of girls chomping on their gum and texting (not inconspicuously) with their football playing suitors dragging along behind – the preps; a group of boys with their glasses pushed well up the bridge of their noses, conspiring about the Big Bang or the derivative of the cubed root of the sine of two pi – the super nerds; and somewhere, running between the other clans, books piled high, scholarship applications flying
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I feel that these criteria are not viewed as expectations, but rather requirements when it comes to admission. “Even if you are an outstanding student, you may not be offered admission to all of the schools to which you apply. Many selective colleges deny more students than they accept,” therefore it is necessary to make yourself more “desirable” than rest of the crowd. However, to be more desirable than the rest of the students who have met these requirements, you have to exceed all expectations… at least that is the way college-bound overachievers see it. This want/need shown by the college-bound overachieving students to exceed all expectations is a big contributor to the stress in their lives.
Stressors, causes of stress, come in many varieties. For teens, kidshealth.org complied a list of stressors that include: being bullied, or subject to violence or injury; relationship issues dealing with family, friends, or the loss of a loved one; issues with school work, ranging from learning disabilities to overwhelming course loads; and a hectic, stressful schedule that leaves little time for rest and relaxation. High school students are subject to all of these stressors, but for most of the college-bound students, a hectic schedule that leaves little time for rest and relaxation is most likely the greatest instigator of stress.
A 4.0 grade point average = commitment to studying = discipline. 3+ advanced placement