Dear High School Students,
High school can be an extremely difficult time for every young adult, but moving on to college could be even more complicated. What could be even more complicated is moving onto college. These years are the hardest and will shape the rest of your life. Pressures from peers, parents, coaches, teachers, and even your self, only add to how hard these short years can be. So how do we over come all these pressures and succeed in the first year of college?
One of the hardest pressures to defeat for all young adults is peer pressure. Peer pressure is pressure by your friends or a group to behave in a certain way that they deem acceptable or change the person you are to be accepted. These pressures can include drinking, smoking, having sex, and anything else that goes against your beliefs. Friends are important; many high school and college students find it vital to fit in with new friends. It’s very important not to find friends that change the person that you are, but find friends that have similar values, goals, and will keep you on track. The friends I had in high school accepted me for who I was and respected my decisions. We all enjoyed the same things such as playing sports, going to the gym, or even going to the movies. They did not pressure me to participate in activities I did not feel comfortable with and always encouraged me to do well in school.
Parents can also add a huge amount of pressure during your high school years. They add pressure on you to graduate at the top of your class and even push you to get an honors diploma. They always want the best for you and are persistent that you to apply for community college or a prestigious four-year school. They want you to earn a plethora of awards and scholarships to help pay for college because that’s why you work so hard throughout high school. For example, during my senior year of high school my parents constantly urged me to participate for scholarships. Of...