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A discussion on school being the source of stress for teenagers

A new school year is exciting.

What Stresses You Out About School?

There's that wonderful feeling of making a fresh start, catching up with old friends, and making progress by moving up a grade. But there's no denying that it can be stressful too.

What's Worrying You If you find yourself preparing for school by hoping for the best and imagining the worst, you're not alone. Here's what we heard from 600 people who took our survey on back-to-school worries.

One third said they worry most about schoolwork. You'll be studying more advanced material, so it's natural to worry about whether you'll do OK. But not everyone said schoolwork was their biggest worry. Just as many people said they worry most about social issues like fitting in, having friends, being judged, or being teased. Since social life is such a big part of school, it's not a shock that social issues are the biggest worry for some people. Besides schoolwork and social stuff, another category ranked high on the worry list: One-fourth of the people who responded to our survey said appearance issues worried them most of all.

If this is you, you've got plenty of company. Kimberly, 14, told us, "I'm happy about going back to school — I'm bored stiff here! But I'm worried about reputation, teasing, failing, and being a nerd. You can see what they said on the following pages. Casey, 15, offered this advice: It's good to be concerned about your work, but you have to act on that.

Academic performance top cause of teen stress

Zach, 18, said, "Better time management. I need to stop talking with the social butterflies and get to work! Procrastination only brings frustration! If you have parents around that actually take an interest in you, take advantage of that and let them be there for you. Claire, 15, depends on her brother. That's why they are there. Managing Social Pressures and Problems When it comes to the social scene, making new friends is one of the biggest worries people mentioned.

  1. Jessie, 15, said, "I'm going to try to make new friends and talk more. She's still in honors courses, but the workload this year is manageable.
  2. So I am worried that my peers and teachers will think that I am irresponsible because of that incident.
  3. Zach, 18, said, "Better time management. I am afraid that once they see me out of my soccer clothes and in my skater cut-up clothes they won't want to talk to me.
  4. Psychologist Alvord says a balanced life should be the goal for all families. If a child is having trouble getting things done, parents can help plan the week, deciding what's important and what's optional.

Lots of people said that friends would be in different classes or even at different schools. Jessie, 15, said, "I'm going to try to make new friends and talk more. Don't worry about being awkward because others are too. Lots of people are good at being cool, but they are insecure too. Try to find someone who will really be your friend.

Jen, 16, told us, "I have not talked to my best friends all summer. I don't want to be their friend anymore, but they don't get that. You never know who you may need help from in the future. Jessica, 16, has another strategy for coping with rude people: It drives them crazy when you don't act or seem like you care about anything they have to say. Tina, 15, told us, "My best friend and I were in a car accident last year when we decided to go to a party instead of school.

So I am worried that my peers and teachers will think that I am irresponsible because of that incident. Change the negatives into positives!

When Friendly Competition Goes Too Far

Codi, 14, said, "I am not usually a shy person, but starting high school in a new school is scary. I don't know anyone other than those on my soccer team. I am afraid that once they see me out of my soccer clothes and in my skater cut-up clothes they won't want to talk to me. Casey, 14, said, "A year from now, will what you worried about really be a big deal? Other stuff is going to happen.

Keisha, 15, said, "Don't worry about it so much. And when your family and friends say you look great, accept the compliment, because it's true!

  • One third said they worry most about schoolwork;
  • What's Worrying You If you find yourself preparing for school by hoping for the best and imagining the worst, you're not alone;
  • But not everyone said schoolwork was their biggest worry;
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  • Homework was a leading cause of stress, with 24 percent of parents saying it's an issue.

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