The teenage 'pressure cooker'
High school students learning in a computer lab.
August 16th, 2012
04:40 PM ET

The teenage 'pressure cooker'

By Jim Roope, CNN

(CNN) – Getting into a good college is so competitive that even the nearly perfect student has trouble.

[0:38] “I got a 2390 out of 2400 on my SAT,” said 18-year-old Kevin Mark.

Yet with that near-perfect SAT score, a 4.0+ GPA throughout high school, an Eagle Scout and volunteer work for his church and community, he was not accepted to MIT, his first choice of college, nor his second choice Cal Tech.


What do you think about the pressure today's students are facing? Do you have any stories to share? Please leave your comments below.

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  1. judy

    Our teens are bored all time. u ask any of them how he or she feel and bored will be their answer. teenagers are at the stage where they have to be challenged because their attention span is very short. at this stage also is when there is a lot of peer pressure, at this stage is when they are more into doing their own thing and when they like to test their and our limits. They can be very introverted or very opinionated and vocal. very hard to get them to accept advice from the adults, but will gladly and easily follow and do what others teens. They have a pack mentality sn thex hang around together in small or large groups. The teens of today seem to be more violent than the teens of lets say a decade ago. They hate authority, They look for more attention and understanding from us the adults but not public displays of attention or affection because they feel embarassed and feel that they are being treated like little children or babies, especially in front of their peers and they will be ridiculed. Because teens are between childhood and adulthood their minds are being bombarded with all kinds of thoughts and emotions. They are not sure of who they are so afraid and lost most of the time and feel like they are in an endless rollercoaster. They need something steady to hold on to, but the mayority of the time they look for that something that they are looking for in the wrong places when should be able to find that steadiness in the adults in their lives, but most time they only find betrayal and disappointment. No one is talking to them about the Way, The Truth and The Light.

    August 19, 2012 at 12:50 am |
  2. judy

    Our teens are bored all time. u ask any of them how he or she feel and bored will be their answer. teenagers are at the stage where they have to be challenged because their attention span is very should

    August 19, 2012 at 12:05 am |