The Pressure to Succeed is a Societal Boa Constrictor

Opinion By J1 Reporter Taylor Sterba

As little girls, we are told that “you can be anything you want to be,” but as we begin to grow up, that phrase is handled more delicately. We are then told, “Be realistic,” “Are you sure that’s the path you want to take?” and “Does that job pay well?” usually diminishing our belief that we are powerful and capable human beings.

unnamed-2Self-esteem decreases and we become less certain of our place in  our own lives. As our future dreams wither and die, we are still expected to have a career and college in mind by the time we are 16 or 17 years old.

When you don’t have a path set out, a handful of people, whether consciously or not, judge you for it and remind you that you are on a time crunch.

At Marian, girls know that they need to make a decision and most of the time, college is already on their mind. Instead of telling teenage girls that their dreams are unrealistic, help them to make their  dream a reality. Set them up with a quality education with a staff that are fully supportive and willing to help their students prepare for their future. Don’t diminish a girl’s mind. She’s ready, why aren’t you?

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