Here is what Carolyn Walworth, a junior at Palo Alto High School, recently wrote: â€œAs I sit in my room staring at the list of colleges Iâ€™ve resolved to try to get into, trying to determine my odds of getting into each, I canâ€™t help but feel desolate.â€
She confessed to panic attacks in class, to menstrual periods missed as a result of exhaustion. â€œWe are not teenagers,â€ she added. â€œWe are lifeless bodies in a system that breeds competition, hatred, and discourages teamwork and genuine learning.â€
— Best, Brightest — and Saddest? – NYTimes.com
While I’m long past this stage in my life, I can sympathize with the feeling. The pressure wasn’t nearly as heavy on me as a teenager, and yet I still feel like I’m not living up to expectations as a thirty-one year old adult. That kids in the Valley and elsewhere are jumping in front of trains should be a wake up call about the pressures of modern American life.