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Arlington: A Hub of Competition

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Throughout the country, due to declining job opportunities, a rough economy, and general disorder, schooling has become an environment of never ending competition, and northern Virginia is a prime example of this potent competition.
As any Arlingtonian  teen who attends public school will tell you, competition has become an inevitable part of their day-to-day lives.

Most families who settle around here are highly educated, and as a result, can provide very well for their children. In addition to this, college has become a social norm throughout the country, so these Arlingtonians want to give their kids the greatest chance to attend some of the best colleges in the country. With this pressure, we as students, do all the things we believe that will make us stand out. However, everyone around you has that exact same idea. 

This idea of competiting with our schoolmates for admission to colleges, or even competing for an extracurricular, causes a shift in relationships. Your once good friend may now get on your nerves because her SAT grade may be higher, or she is trying to lead an activity you've always wanted to do.

And although a little competition is good, the amount of competition Arlingtonians deal with today has reached a point where it is now just an addition of stress in an already hectic time. Because of this, I feel that Arlington, and other northern Virginia schools which also have this problem, should address this issue and clarify misconceptions to students who are struggling with this.

Posted: Oct 08, 2013 by Christine DeRieux

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