About Me

My name is Spencer. I'm 23 years old, and I'm a junior at Princeton. So far college has taken me five years. I've taken time off to work, transferred to USC and come back, and learned a lot along the way.

I like to think about life and what I'm going to do with mine.

I've met a lot of people my age with the same sorts of thoughts so feel free to read, take surveys, and comment.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Side Note to "Unknown Factors"

On a side note, to my "Unknown Factors" post, to the best of my knowledge many high school students see their parents as a source of additional pressure and stress. By no means do you parents have to listen to me, I'm just a 20-year-old kid. Nevertheless I've felt that pressure before, and I know that many other kids do too. Of course, I appreciate everything my parents do and have done for me, but, in my experience, I've found that most parents are oblivious to the fact that they apply so much pressure. In most cases (as with me and my schoolmates), our parents only want to support, help, and give us children every opportunity. However, in doing so, many parents apply an inadvertent pressure that only we feel, and along with the inherent stress of the college process, the idea of rejection becomes all the more scary. In fact, so much emphasis is placed on college admissions by everybody that we kids, a lot of the time, forget that our parents are only there to support us. We simply see somebody who continuously nags us about our essays and applications. I know that each kid is different. Some are more sensitive or motivated etc, but, regardless, try to talk to them about it. No matter how well you think you know your children, there's always surprises to be had. Make your support clear to them. Let them know that they have the choice to go where they want to. Because, honestly, beyond our grades and extracurricular activities, some of admissions is totally out of everyone's control.

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