Students feeling pressure to get into college of their dreams


POSTED: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 1:15pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 1:19pm

For high schoolers, applying for college these days the pressure is at an all time high to choose the best university and be the best to get there.

Central High School Junior Hillary Washington will be the first in her family to go to college. Though that moment is still more than a year and a half away, she's already feeling the pressure to get in to the right school and excel there.

"It's extremly high up there in terms of pressure. It's actually quite frustrating," stated Washington. "I am going to be the first, graduating from high school, going to college, coming out with a degree and actually being successful."

Teacher and Baton Rouge Youth Coalition Volunteer Eryn Block is seeing that pressure first hand. She says more and more often now students are starting the process early in the hopes that they'll get in to the college of their dreams.

"I think that there is continuously more pressure for students to know what they're doing when they apply for college and to pick the right choice. The stakes are really high when they have to pay so much to go," said Block.

For those like Washington, who's parents aren't familiar with the process, they can often feel alone and at a disadvantage in their journey toward higher education.

"It's really hard for students when their parents don't talk to them about it a lot, or they just don't know those tiny details that other students may know just from talking to their parents who have been to college," stated Block. "And it makes it a lot more difficult to know what to do when they get there."

Washington says she's taken to seeking advice from counsolers and has involved herself with BRYC - a group that
helps young people in her same situation to get to college.

She says there's no denying the road to her dream school will be a tough one.

"It's going to take hard work and more effort than what I've been putting in to this year. It's going to take perserverance and determination. Now that I've seen these colleges, I've got my goals set," Washington said.

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