High school students spend their entire junior year, and a good part of senior year, studying and testing and applying and stressing, aiming to get into elite universities around the country. They are taught that good grades and high scores on standardized tests equal admission to a better college equals a better job later in life.
But what if this isn’t true?
“The determining factor in most cases on getting a job after you go to college and get your degree is: what did you do personally to make your college experience?” Seaholm counselor Toby Loukmas said.
So, if all that really matters (as far as a getting hired post-grad) is what students make of their own unique college experiences, is all of the pressure placed on college entrance really necessary? Could they be spared some of this stress, if where they go doesn’t matter as much as what they do once they get there?
“I was in HR before I worked in counseling, and I hired people all the time,” Loukmas said, “and I never hired someone based on where they went to school.”
Too much pressure is placed on students by teachers and parents to get into a big-name college.
It seems that, instead of going prematurely grey over ACT scores and college admissions essays, high school students should set aside the notion that they must get into a top school and simply focus on going to a college that they can make the most of.
“Be a leader, make a difference,” Seaholm and University of Michigan graduate Jordan Kristopik said, “It’s more impressive to be a self-starter than it is to get an A in Calc 2.”