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ERIC Number: EJ1142215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
Class of 2017
Paterson, Jim
Journal of College Admission, n234 p44-46 Win 2017
Just outside New York City, school counselors at Hunterdon Central Regional High School (New Jersey) were at lunch discussing the students who would graduate from their sprawling suburban school in spring 2017. Their thoughts echoed those from a variety of people who have worked with these seniors. The 2017 graduates are confident, but need one-on-one support--"they need hand-holding," is the way one counselor put it. They have been given more responsibility by parents, but still feel entitled and struggle sometimes with basic life skills. They are anxious, stressed, and very distracted. Counselors repeatedly mentioned that the graduates are talented with technology, but suffer from "extreme FOMO," as one counselor put it--a "fear of missing out." It drives them to a near addiction to the internet. When it comes to college exploration, they are perhaps more interested than past years, but that enthusiasm may not be matched by a willingness to thoroughly explore options and diligently apply. This article discusses the recent trends in the number of high school graduates, how an earlier FAFSA opening filing date accelerated the college application process for 2017 graduates, how students were affected by changes in standardized testing such as the SAT, and how technology has affected students' attention spans and patience. High school officials note that despite concerns, these students perhaps are more inquisitive and resourceful than previous graduates. They have a unique perspective, are more accepting of diversity, and are not as concerned about the impression they make. Perhaps most notably, they are more concerned about their community and their world than any class in some time.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey; New York
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