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Why is junior year so stressful?

Hey everyone! I've heard that junior year is typically the most stressful out of all the high school years and I want to know why. Is it because of increased academic pressure, college visits, or standardized tests? I'd really appreciate any insights you might have!

8 months ago

Hey there! It's very common to hear about the stresses of junior year, and you're right on track with some of the reasons. On top of usually being the year with the most challenging courses, many students are taking standardized tests like the SAT or the ACT, which can add a significant layer of pressure. This is also a pivotal year for college admissions, as colleges look closely at junior year grades and activities because it is the last full year of academic records they receive. Additionally, students often start to explore colleges, sometimes going on visits, which can be both exciting and overwhelming.

There's also the aspect of future planning that kicks into high gear during junior year. Students are asked to think more seriously about what they want to do after high school and to begin to make concrete steps in that direction. All of this can make for a pretty stressful time, but with good organization and support, it's totally manageable. Remember, it's also okay to reach out for help if you're feeling overwhelmed!

8 months ago

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