Learning to Compete With Yourself Not Your Peers
Society has always created a competitive backdrop in most of what we do as a student or a worker. Early on in a child's development we judge their intellect, testing skills and other aptitudes. This can be very destructive to children who are trying to figure out who they are and what is important in their lives.
When a student reaches high school, I have seen a tremendous amount of pressure placed on them by their parents and teachers to, as an example, attend a college or university as a legacy student. There is very little discussion regarding the students' options, passions, skills and interests. This can lead to great resentment and even have negative mental health impacts.
When a student is placed in a highly competitive program or college, this can typically lead to negative results. First the student can feel stifled and anxious knowing that they have to do better than the student next to them to get a high standing. This can lead to destructive behavior along with a physical and mental impact.
It is critical that students have the opportunity to explore their true interests and skills. There are no shortcuts to identifying who you are and what you want to be. This is critical in helping students avoid changing majors or even schools mid-stream. These changes can dramatically impact the cost of your education.
The pressure to perform and become successful has never been greater. This can lead to pushing students away from their core values or care-abouts. A student will be far more likely to perform at a higher level if they are given the opportunity to actively participate in the decision making process regarding college and major selection.
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