Am I Smart Enough to Get into College?COVID-19Am I Smart Enough to Get into College?<div class="ExternalClassC3AF600D52F1437F94C1A89A395ABD7D"><p>I keep getting panic attacks. Online school is so hard right now, and I'm scared I'm not going to be able to get into a college. My parents told me that if my grades keep at where they are now, no college will accept me, and I'll be on the street. I tell them I'm depressed and have frequent panic attacks, but they don't believe in mental illnesses or anything related to mental well-being. I love them, but sometimes in bed, I'll keep thinking about how sucky my future is going to be like they say. I try to understand what's being taught in school, but I guess I'm too stupid to get it. I mean, I'm in all AP classes but sometimes I take hard classes to impress others and my parents. All my cousins and aunts and uncles are so smart. I'm the black sheep, I feel like. I'm also stressed about my ACT in June. My hair is falling out in tremendous amounts, I don't have an appetite and I feel like I'm alone. Please help me.<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClassDB47A7DD06A147C59E9EF8B79F20EB67"><p>​Thank you so much for reaching out to us! It sounds like you are going through a lot right now and it's completely understandable that you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed. You are doing a great thing for yourself by talking about this.</p><p>We think that talking about your feelings is a great first step toward managing your mental health and panic attacks. Mental health conditions are very real, and it is important to manage them properly. You can find ways to manage your mental health to the best of your abilities. Try some of the tips and tools listed at this link:  <a href="/Pages/anxiety.aspx">https://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/Pages/anxiety.aspx</a><br></p><p>It's great that you are taking AP classes. Doing well in those classes can be an effective way to get into college. It's understandable that you are feeling nervous about the upcoming ACT, but focusing on doing well is also a great way to get into college. What are you doing to prepare for your ACT? Look online for ACT tutorials and email your school guidance counselor for recommendations on ways to prepare.</p><p>We know you have a lot going on right now, but we are here if you need us. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us again if you need to.</p><p>Take care,</p><p>Jake, Counselor​<br></p></div>17

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