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Academic Pressure

By Airic, Prinecton Junction, NJ

Academic pressure. This is one of a student’s biggest causes of stress. These pressures mainly come from peer and parental expectations and from fear. Fear of failure and disgrace. These days, everything that we do in school is looking towards getting into a good college by aiming for a perfect GPA, loading on multiple class and most importantly studying hours on end in order to do well on standardized tests. Don’t you think that this is a little too much for the developing young minds of middle and high- schoolers?
All this pressure on students also may lead to negative side affects. These may include acts such as cheating on tests and rash coping strategies of depression such as suicide or drugs.
A recent study in 2010 from the Rutgers Management Education Center stated that 75 percent of students that were interviewed admitted to cheating.

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