I read articles like this one and wonder why people get themselves into these anxiety-filled situations. My daughter is a . senior going through the college admissions process. She spent quite some time researching the colleges that best fit her goals. As an incoming music major, she has the added hurdle of auditions to contend with. Nonetheless, she has handled the whole process well. She finished her last audition this week and senses that her school choices were appropriate based on feedback she received during the auditions. I won’t be surprised if she gains admission to every school on her list – not ivies, but good, solid private liberal arts schools (in NY, IN, MN, and MD). We’re middle class people living in rural Michigan. She has a public school education and will graduate from a class of 160. Not a competitive school like the suburban schools in metropolitan east coast areas, but a good one. She dual-enrolled in our local college for half of her senior year coursework, which should provide the added academic challenge that she missed by not being in a more “competitive” high school. But, without the stress. Jeez, people – don’t do this to your kids. It sounds like parents are the source of the stress.
YORK, PA--(Marketwire - Jun 21, 2011) - , a free blog resource for teenagers and college students, asked the question, "What was the most difficult thing you overcame this school year?" as part of its monthly national writing contest.
Over 6,000 students visited 's writing contest, with 1,400+ votes registered in the corresponding teen survey. Teens ranked the following issues as the greatest challenges during the 2010-2011 school year:
School (bullying, teachers, homework, graduation): 27%
Drugs and Alcohol: 2%
Extended Family: 1%
Hundreds of students submitted an essay about their personal obstacles. Topics dealt with break-ups, rape, psyche wards, a soldier's transition from combat to civilian life, losing a parent/friend, and more. From the submissions, five trends emerged about teen problems:
1. School: By far, school was the #1 stressor for teens this year. Teens talked about AP courses, problems with grades, long-term projects, and high expectations they set for themselves -- and were afraid they couldn't reach.
2. Self-Image: Teens struggled with confidence. Many of these stories boiled down to a similar moral: be yourself, love yourself, and most importantly, enjoy yourself.
3. Sports: Many teens suffered sports related injuries and failures. While this had teens sitting on the bench, it did not have these teens settling with disappointment or failure -- these mishaps only inspired teens to try harder, and do better.
4. Drugs/alcohol: The good news -- many teens did not write about struggling with drug or alcohol problems, which speaks positively of the Stage of Life community. Stage of Life strives to be a support system and community for all walks of life -- without the interference of nuisances like intoxicants.
5. Positive: All teens wrote about viewing these struggles positively. If nothing else, these teens discovered that life is a learning experience; a journey, not a destination.
A full summary of the writing contest, with a list of finalists and the winning essays, can be viewed at: http:///Teen_
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