By Jim Roope, CNN
(CNN) - Getting into a good college is so competitive that even the nearly perfect student has trouble.
[0:38] “I got a 2390 out of 2400 on my SAT,” said 18-year-old Kevin Mark.
Yet with that near-perfect SAT score, a 4.0+ GPA throughout high school, an Eagle Scout and volunteer work for his church and community, he was not accepted to MIT, his first choice of college, nor his second choice Cal Tech.
Kevin’s parents say all of that is disappointing but that he’s OK with it. He’ll be going to UCLA this fall.
All this pressure to excel in competition to get into a good college could result in negative affects that go far beyond a bruised ego.
[4:46] “You get students with pretty high anxiety coming through college these days,” said Occidental College Professor Lisa Wade.
It’s not just the pressure from parents or even themselves that is causing this anxiety. The ability to compete globally is at stake. A recent study ranking international education shows the US in ninth place in math and not even in the top 10 in science.
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