The college application process can be stressful and overwhelming for high school students. The pressure to succeed, meet high expectations, and get accepted to a preferred college can significantly impact a student’s mental health and well-being. Society must recognize this pressure’s effect on young people and work to alleviate it.
Research has shown that the college application process can increase stress, anxiety, and depression among high school students. This pressure can come from various sources, including parents, peers, and even from the students themselves. With so much emphasis placed on getting into a good college, it’s easy for students to lose sight of their goals and priorities.
“With board exams over, most high school students in the country have started to look for the best colleges that fit their requirements. This process takes a hit on the mental health of many students across the country due to the rise in competition and the limited number of seats in colleges.” Rahul Jain, Cofounder Reviewadda.
We must prioritize the mental health of our young people and provide them with the support they need during this challenging time. We must shift the focus away from the pressure to succeed and encourage students to explore their interests and passions. By doing so, we can help students find the right college fit for them and set them up for success in the long run.
One way to alleviate the pressure on students is to encourage them to view the college application process as an opportunity for growth and self-discovery. Rather than focusing solely on getting accepted to a prestigious college, students should be encouraged to explore their interests and passions. This can help them develop a sense of purpose and direction to guide them throughout college and beyond.
Additionally, we must recognize that the college application process is not a one-size-fits-all approach. There are many paths to success, and not all students will follow the traditional route of attending college. Therefore, we must provide students with the resources and support to explore alternative options such as vocational training or apprenticeships. This can help students find a path that is right for them and alleviate some pressure to conform to a particular standard of success.
The Noida-based online platform, Reviewadda, cofounded by Rahul Jain, has acknowledged this issue. Along with counseling, it addresses students’ most pressing issue: finding a decent college to further their studies. ReviewAdda has a team of well-trained counselors that connect with students and assist them throughout their journey.
The pressure placed on high school students during college application can significantly impact their mental health and well-being. It’s time for us to recognize the toll this pressure takes on our young people and work to alleviate it by shifting the focus away from the pressure to succeed and encouraging students to explore their interests and passions. Rahul Jain & Prateek Bhowmick have helped many students find the right college they were looking forward to. Unfortunately, a few organizations are working on solving this student’s issue. Let’s prioritize the mental health of our young people and provide them with the support they need to thrive.