7 Things Girls Returning to School Are Worried About

We asked seven girls returning to school this fall what they were most worried about. These are their responses.

  1. “What I am most nervous about as a rising junior is all the stress that goes along with the college process.  There’s so much work involved in filling out applications, touring schools, and finding the right school.  I haven’t been to any big parties, and I haven’t even had my first kiss.  I am concerned that I haven’t ‘caught up’ with my peers.”
  2. “I’m worried that I won’t be able to find my niche at school. I am trying to reinvent myself in terms of extracurriculars and academics and I’m worried I won’t find what I’m passionate about. I’m starting to feel more and more pressure to figure out my interests and to have an idea about internships that I want and I don’t feel ready for it yet.”
  3. “I’m worried about reentering the social scene. I took some time off of school and haven’t seen many people or gone to a party in quite some time. I’m just feeling a lot of social anxiety.”
  4. “I’m worried about creating a new normal for myself at college. I’m going to be a freshman, and while I couldn’t be more excited, it’s nerve-wracking to know that I’ll have to adjust to a new place, college classes, and the social environment quickly once I arrive.”
  5. “I’m entering my senior year of highschool and I’m concerned that my procrastination skills are going to overdrive. My course load coupled with my college apps give me a lot of anxiety but I don’t want to be in a position where I’m playing catchup in either of those areas.”
  6. “Before I graduate I have to do a huge, year-long research project and write a thesis. I’m pretty stressed because the lab I’m doing research out of on campus is pretty intense and I’m always worried I’m not smart enough to hang.”
  7. “This year is my senior year of high school. At the beginning of the summer, my mother, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago, had a bad fall. An MRI confirmed that she has multiple brain metastases. I’m worried that I will have less time with her than I had originally anticipated. And I’m worried about the college application process. Why does everything have to happen all at once? I hate uncertainty”

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