Stress and Social Pressures due to Inter-School Relationships

When attending a rigorous curriculum based school like BASIS, traits that may be common in a typical high school tend to play a different role. Stereotypically depicted by media, high school has cliques with the jocks and the popular girls, then the nerds, and the drama and music kids, and often the so called “outcasts” are bullied by the so called “popular kids.” This takes a completely different role at BASIS and often for the better, grades and peers treat everyone as equals and you are not defined by what you are passionate in or good at, allowing for a healthy student body that can act as one. While social pressures from typical high school often come from your position on the popularity scale, what parties you are going to, or who you are in a relationship with, social pressures look differently here as well. When attending a school that is heavily reliant on its education and how well students are doing in the classroom, many students feel pressured to be the best and get the highest grades because that’s what makes them cool, being “smart.” While having the motivation to succeed is never something to frown upon, many students feel pressured to be smart or to do well on exams specifically because their friends are smart or they feel that their peers will look down upon them if it becomes known that they did bad on a test or are struggling in a class. While to a certain extent this becomes human nature to feel pressure to live up to others but it can take a different role in the behavior of some students. It has been seen as students who are struggling in a class or had a difficult time on their exam will present themselves to their peers as if nothing is wrong and that they are succeeding just as the rest of them. This can be detrimental often because if students feel as if they can’t be honest with their peers or close friends it often feels as if there is no on there for them, when in fact it is the contrary. With a resource to talk to, students will hopefully feel more comfortable talking to a trust adult regarding their difficulties in the classroom and maybe even more that is going on in their lives.

 

-Nupur

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