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How local schools are dealing with student stress

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With school work, extracurricular activities and the pressure of getting into the right college, students are more stressed out than ever.

In fact, a recent survey says that stress, anxiety and panic attacks are on the rise at many high schools across the country.

"It's a lot to worry about and there is a lot of pressure and you just want to know if you're going to get into that one college you really wanted," said Jenny Wellman, senior at Quincy Notre Dame.

Wellman says she's already been accepted to the college she's been wanting to go to, but says she still has a hard time trying to balance everything.

"I play volleyball and I'm also in choir, so getting ready for spring show. I'm in the musical right now, "Wanda's World", so I'm kind of stressing out."

This mentality is something many students go through this time of year and some say the pressure at home could only be making things worse.

Wellman adds, "My mom will always ask me, 'Did you get your homework done? How much homework do you have'?"

"I think sometimes the parents expectations are very high for their students and that obviously puts more pressure on the students to perform the best they can. It's good to an extent, but sometimes it's a little bit too much pressure," said QND Guidance Counselor Judy Liesen.

Liesen says the school tries as best it can to ease student's concerns. "We prepare them as they go through each year and what they're expected to do each year."

Liesen says for parents to encourage their kids to apply to more than one college just in case things don't work out the way they were hoping.

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