Financial Pressure on College Students

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Students go home to parental pressure
Going home from college for a weekend or the holidays helps ease the stress of academics, but also brings about the inevitable questions from friends and family regarding school.

Students spend time with their families and escape their academic worries.

However, when students return to campus, they can bring back more than they bargained for.

Some students feel pressure from their parents to succeed and returning home reminds them of that pressure.

Mickie Wong, 19, a child development major, goes home about once a month.

She said upon returning to her home in Temple City, Calif., she feels pressure from her parents about her academics.

Wong said her parents sent her to study at a university because they want her to be successful and financially stable.

“I feel pressured when I go home because my parents lecture me every time they see me because they came to America so that their kids can have a better future,” said Wong.

Wong’s parents are immigrants from Vietnam and grew up without the advantages she has now.

Because of that, Wong said her parents have high expectations for her academic career.

“They say that I should be studying everyday, going to the library, taking full advantage of this wonderful opportunity to go to college, something they didn’t have,” Wong said.

Wong is involved with the fraternity Zeta Phi Rho, and is in good academic standing.

However, she said she feels her parents set too high expectations for her academic performance.

“That’s their method of guilt tripping me. I feel like I should be doing more than I am. I should try harder,” Wong said.

Upon returning from home, Wong said she feels motivated to work harder and try to meet her parents’ high standards.

This motivation wanes away though, and she stops working as much as before.

“I usually fall back into the same routine after a few weeks. I don’t see them every weekend so they can’t remind me,” Wong...
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