I read an article on the web and thought it was quite interesting yet very alarming. The article explored the stresses and strains that students endure in becoming high achievers.
Yes, it is a great feeling for us and our children when they get the opportunity to have a good education. But just how much pressure do parents and society put on to their children to be a high achiever?
School days are supposed to be the best years of your life. It’s alarming to hear that at such young ages children are experiencing stress related symptoms that can potentially lead to mental illness. Maybe teaching ‘Stress Management’ techniques in schools and colleges would be a great advantage for everyone.
Teenagers in the northern suburbs who attend affluent schools say they’re stressed out because they’re expected to not only graduate, but to excel. Add that to peer pressure and the awkwardness of being an adolescent, and it can lead to some unhealthy situations, such as drug and alcohol abuse, eating and sleeping disorders, self-mutilation, depression and criminal conduct.
“Stress can push people to engage in risky behavior,” said Jean Odwazny, a social worker at CROYA, Committee Representing Our Young Adults, a youth agency in Lake Forest.
Iza Marciszewski, 17, of Glenview, said the majority of her stress comes from all the homework and studying she does every night. The Glenbrook South High School junior said she’s in one Advance Placement class and several honors classes. She spends seven hours a night, starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 12 a.m., hitting the books. “My parents are convinced I can get into Harvard,” she said. “They have high hopes.”
Managing time well is another major stress’s since teenagers are over-scheduled. Teens, parents and counselors agree that the days of just hanging out are over. Sports, school clubs, volunteer activities and jobs are important now. They add bulk to students’ college applications
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