Does Your Focus on Getting Into College Stress You Out?

By Tonka Dobreva 02.09.2015 interact

As you learned on the show today, high school students today are so busy trying to get into college, they are not socializing as much as their parents’ generation did. The annual survey by UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute found that, compared to college students who entered college in 1987, incoming students at four-year colleges and universities last fall devoted half as many hours to hanging out with friends during their final year of high school. In addition, researchers found that first-year-college students’ sense of emotional well-being is at its lowest since the institute first conducted the survey in 1985.

We want to hear from you — does your focus on getting into college stress you out? Do you feel you don’t enough time to socialize? Vote and tell us what you think in the comments section below. We will feature the results of the poll and some of your answers on the show.


  1. Jada

    Thanks guys

  2. Kay12

    I am so stressed out about getting into college. If my grade even drops by two points, I get stressed. I have high hopes for careers after college, so I need a good college but in order to get into good colleges, you have to have great school records!

  3. Fruitland 7th grader

    I am only 12 and I am already stressing about college. Every day I look up on my tablet to see what each college credit I need.

    • addison daniel

      same but im 14 and i do need no worrying and i always worried about when i was younger too

  4. eagle6328658

    Well, I think its stressing to think about college because our parents are pushing us to get good grades at the age of 12 or 16 year olds to go toa better college. So my answer to this is yes its really stressing us teenagers.

  5. Lexa

    Yes, yes, yes, yes. I worry all the time about what I want to do with my life and I feel like I have so much pressure on me since my brother has set such a high bar for me and my sister.

  6. Emma

    Actually, no. I’m only twelve, so I have plenty of years to figure it all out. Although I do study, I have time to socialize while focusing on my education.

  7. Madeline Schlarman

    Even being just in 7th grade I am stressing about getting into a good collage and doing extra curricular activities.

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