High Pressure

Extreme expectations mean extreme stress for the teenagers trying to graduate from California’s elite schools. What’s life like inside a pressure cooker? Just ask the kids who are living it.

Katie MacBride
Feb 27, 2018 · 15 min read
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Illustrations by Jao San Pedro

Adults have many opinions about teenagers, and for the most part they’re negative. Teenagers are unpredictable and mean, we say, or they’re lazy and entitled, or they’re self-involved, selfie-taking, Snapchat-addicted narcissists who don’t understand how easy they have it.

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Marley, Tamalpais High School Graduate

“I didn’t seriously consider mental health until my junior year of high school when my school district lost four high school students or recent alums to suicide.”

— Shawna

Josh, Gunn High School Graduate

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Illustrations by Jao San Pedro

Chloe, Gunn High School Graduate

Shawna, Gunn High School Graduate

Marley

Josh

Chloe

“Adults in general never quite seemed to know how to handle a kid in crisis who couldn’t be solved simply.”

— Marley

Josh

Shawna

Sam, current sophomore at a high school in Silicon Valley

Marley

Shawna

Chloe

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Illustrations by Jao San Pedro

Shawna

Josh

Marley

Shawna

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