The Age of the ‘Super-Student’: What is School Really Teaching our Youth?

College is defined as an institution of higher learning. It is a place where young minds go to expand their knowledge and become educated contributors to society, and that is exactly what it does. But how exactly does college train our students to become educated contributors to society? Internships, encouraging good grades, honor courses? I guess that’s how they used to teach us. Now that’s not so much the case. Sure, all those wonderful educational things are still encouraged in college. Actually, with the growing competitiveness in the job market and the decreasing number of available jobs, they are a necessity. As well as paying for ever rising tuition costs, working full/part-time, and ‘institutional induced insomnia.’

Many college students today face the challenges associated with going to school full-time and working full/part-time. These two things, when combined with a declining economy, inflation, and debt, make for a very heavy demand on today’s college student. After all there are only 24 hours in a day and money only goes so far. So how are students dealing with the ever growing demand? Well Adderall of course! Haven’t you heard silly? Almost everyone in college is doing it… literally!

Adderall is an amphetamine and acts as a central nervous system stimulant. It is commonly prescribed for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, due to its ability to make one more alert and focused. However, today an increasing number of college students are turning to it in an effort to stay awake after long hours at work and school in order to study. Drugs used to be associated with unproductiveness, now it seems they are necessary to be productive in today’s world. According to The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), “Full-time college students aged 18 to 22 were twice as likely as their counterparts who were not full-time college students to have used Adderall non-medically in the past year (6.4 vs. 3.0 percent).”

Next time your college student brings home an “A” paper or gets an “A” on an exam after pulling an ‘all nighter,’ look closer. Just because students are doing well in school and are seemingly responsible, does not mean they aren’t addicted to drugs. In today’s times with growing demands on people and the ever increasing need for the ‘super-student,’ it is unfortunately more likely and increasingly more common.

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