Tag: pressure

Exceptional in High School, Ordinary in College: How to Navigate the Transition

When you’re used to receiving praise and other rewards for standing out from the rest of your high school class, that positive reinforcement becomes an everyday part of your life. Competitive colleges, however, are very different environments—they’re full of high achievers and talented students just like you, and inevitably, many whose talents exceed your own.

So what happens when it’s no longer a given that you’ll be at the top of your class? What do you do when school isn’t as easy anymore, praise and acclaim are harder to come by, or you no longer feel that your academic talents make you quite so special and unique among your peers?

It happened to me. Here’s what I learned about how to accept and appreciate myself for who I am and get comfortable with both my strengths and my weaknesses. Arriving at a college with an illustrious student body shook my sense of identity a little, but with some perspective, I was still able to have an exciting, fulfilling, and challenging college experience.

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Why I Never Stayed for Spring and Summer Term

When summertime comes around in college, I have a lot of friends who, rather than jumping into an outdoor pool, jump straight into another semester of classes. Seeing so many of my peers give up their summer for the “higher cause” of education, I felt a little guilty in my desire to just sit back and relax. But eventually, I realized that getting ahead doesn’t always require a sacrifice of my summer dreams.

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