6.) Academic pressure and GPA: High school is when the most emphasis is placed on school work and performing well to keep a high GPA, but it is often repeated too many times, causing stress for the students. They sometimes become fixated on just their GPA, and are unable to see the bigger picture. After all, a college application is not just a GPA, but a holistic view of who a student is. But continuous pressure on only a couple of aspects can lead to a drop in the other important parts of student’s identity.