If you are in high school, you have faced the pressing stress of what your future holds. Commonly, high school students are encouraged to attend a four-year university directly following graduation. Starting early freshmen year, high school guidance counselors, teachers, and administration start developing an awareness of how a student should conform and portray him or herself to better his or her chances in a pool of college applicants.
There is talk of how the general college application process is corrupt in that it usually looks for the same qualities in an extremely diverse pool of applicants. It is becoming increasingly difficult to possess those coveted attributes, as well as ones with edges over the competition. So to ensure acceptance, many believe starting students on the path to a successful college application and career should begin in the earlier stages of their education.
Introducing students to the high expectations and discouraging statistics of college application processes before they’ve even finished puberty stunts generations of creativity and individuality. As soon as students are exposed to, in this case, the “key to success,” they naturally follow suit instead of discovering passion and creativity on their own terms without the influence of their potential failure in the future.
The college admissions process rides high school students with up until every single letter of either rejection or acceptance has been scanned by their now-weary and terrified eyes. Which begs the questions: why start the process early? Why inflict the pressure of a future that is years away on children who haven’t even discovered their hobbies, passions, or talents?
College admissions have the power to leave the most fortified high school students desolate. I find it important to keep the pressure of college as far away from the minds of the youth; let them enjoy their childhoods.