One in five girls burn out in high school and threatens their success in higher education
A study by the Academy of Finland's Centre of Excellence in Learning and Motivation Research reported yesterday that many girls push themselves to the limit during high school, leaving themselves vulnerable to a lack of motivation in college. The pressure of succeeding and the tendency to internalize their inadequacies, leading to depression. According to the study, burn-out manifests itself through "exhaustion, cynicism and feelings of inadequacy" (ScienceDaily, www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2009/05/090514111359.htm). Therefore, by the end of high school girls are ill-equipped to transition to college. On the other hand, boys tend to approach high school with cynical attitudes that enable them to avoid the stress associated with the need to perform or prove themselves in the academic arena. Enthusiasm directly relates to one's performance. When students undergo deep depression, their level of enthusiasm plummets, leading to a slump in college. On the other hand, students who avoid burn-out and maintain a balance - even absent an earnest conviction to learn or perform well in high school - experience an increased likelihood of achievement, not only in college, but also in their future. The study suggests that students' interest in academics declines over time. However, one aspect remains clear: encouragement and positive reinforcement contribute to overall success, while stressful environments breed further anxiety.