Are the new standards and expectations the world has for teenagers really creating monsters? The amount of stress that is put on students these days between trying to balance school, homework, extra curricular activities, social lives, sleep and a healthy lifestyle is being considered as a health epidemic (Palmer, 2005). Students are obsessing over getting the grades that are expected of them to please those that push them, and in return, lose sleep and give up other aspects of their lives that are important to them such as time with friends and family as well as activities that they enjoy. The stress that they endure from the pressures of parents, teachers, colleges, and peers have many physical as well as mental effects on every student,
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They also want them to perform well on tests because these grades usually reflect on them as instructors. However, even though parents and teachers are a main source of the pressures put on students, there are other factors involved. Colleges are becoming increasingly difficult to be accepted into because the number of applicants each year are going up while the colleges aren’t expanding and new colleges aren’t being built (Blazer, 2010). This makes the application process more competitive and students can feel this building pressure ( Blazer, 2010).
Another major cause of student stress are high stakes tests. Pass all, fail all situations are a major source of pressure and stress ( Blazer, 2010). These kind of tests can make or break a grade. Students feel the need to study relentlessly even if they feel like they already know the material. To them there is no such thing as over prepared, they will stay up late and cram the night before the test so that they will get a good grade. In reality this cramming could be detrimental to their performance on the test. The lack of sleep and overall nervousness for the test can lead to lower scores on tests ( Blazer, 2010). Teachers can also affect students when it comes to these tests because teachers are often evaluated on these tests. The extra pressure from teachers can lead to even more test anxiety for the student that there was before and studies have shown that between 55 and