Entering high school can be an exciting experience full of pep rallies and new friends.
But studies show about 50% of all high school students feel a great deal of stress on a daily basis.
Buckeye Local Counselor Krista Kinyo said that stress increases once testing for college comes around.
“I can understand why students feel that way. There’s so much pressure to perform well and they’re tested so much. Every year it seems that testing changes and the amount of testing increases,” Kinyo said
So it’s no surprise a recent study ranked the state of Ohio as the fifth worst for stressed-out students.
But with standardized testing necessary, what’s the balance between prepping for college and making sure students aren’t overwhelmed in the process?
“Students need to realize, while there is a lot of emphasis on testing for multiple reasons, it’s not a one time thing. They can take it again and there are different things we can put into place to help if they don’t pass the first time,” Kinyo said.
Some of those tactics include taking practice tests and working with your teachers.
Buckeye Local Counselor Jami Cammer said relieving stress also starts at home.
“I think it’s important for students to have parents being very positive when it comes to testing. Students also need to take their time, do well, get a good night’s rest and also eat breakfast.”
West Virginia was ranked on the list as well.
The Mountain state is feeling the strain at number 23.