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As any student serious about their education knows, they’re under tremendous stress to be the best. We hear stories about near nervous breakdowns, lost youth, and depression all the time. But colleges are partly behind this myth of exceptionalism because it makes them look better and allows them to charge more tuition.
Let’s look at the pressure students are under:
It’s an almost impossible standard, which is why students who get perfect SAT scores, or who simultaneously get into Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Duke make the news. But they are standards largely steeped in myth.
The Myth of the PerfectCollege Student
In one famous study, students who were accepted to Harvard but chose to go to another school did just as well in life as students who ultimately went to Harvard. Being ambitious and talented enough to get in, rather than attending, was the key.
RSC’s plan helps students recognize these and many other college admissions myths, and then help students find the right college for them. Students should definitely work toward the absolute highest standard, but if it turns out they want something else, they should have a plan for that, too. RSC helps our students apply to and get accepted into the colleges they want. This way, their success is more likely than if they fail and give up the fight.
After all, what’s the point of trying to impress Harvard if you have no real intention of going there? Our counselors have had students go to nearly every single Ivy League school, but the students did it because it was the right choice for them. RSC will do the same for you. We’ll help you find the right colleges for you. The ones that can help you succeed.
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