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College Pressure

The Dark Side Of The College Game

Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.29.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

We are now in the meanest time of a high school senior's life. A few weeks ago they had to commit to a college and by now, word has trickled out about who is going where, who got in where, and more importantly, who didn't get to go where they wanted.

There Will Always Be Someone 'Better' Than Me (And That's OK)

Sarah Convissar | Posted 04.20.2014 | Teen
Sarah Convissar

Though I am not a fan of high school, I feel that it is a comfort zone. It's the same monotonous routine for four years but at least I know what to expect. College signals a new chapter in my life. That excites and terrifies me at the same time.

Bursting From the Pressure

Jennie Shulkin | Posted 04.15.2014 | College
Jennie Shulkin

Maybe a culture that values over-achievement and pushing oneself to the limits is responsible for the high levels of stress, mental illness, and even suicide evident within highly competitive college communities.

Why Grades Aren't As Important As You Think

Vanessa Petion | Posted 09.11.2013 | Teen
Vanessa Petion

That moment had finally come and boy, was I feeling dumb. I used to cringe at the stereotypical slacker who always had those backhanded remarks for the teacher and just didn't want to do anything, but now I realize that at least they were being honest.

Mission: Sanity

Emily Truong | Posted 01.19.2013 | Teen
Emily Truong

I have to remind myself that all of this will be worth it -- maybe not right now, but in late March or April, when I receive acceptance letters from some of the colleges I'm applying to.

Guiding Fate

Toshe Ayo-Ariyo | Posted 01.19.2013 | Teen
Toshe Ayo-Ariyo

The next four months will be intense and rigorous, but I am ready for it. I am excited to see where this journey takes me. I cannot know my fate, but I can definitely guide it.