Need to be perfect can hinder teen growth

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Many teens want to be seen as people with style, confidence and appeal.

Too often they stress about being perfect or looking a certain way because of the need to fit in.

Yet, no one is perfect. Perfection means that everything is exemplary and free from error.

“Being ‘perfect’ is not important,” said counselor Randy Fong. “Too many students stress out trying to be perfect. In my opinion, a student should just try to be her best in whatever she sets her goal to be.”

Every day students encounter difficulties that include school, grades, homework and friendships. Few excel in everything. While some may be good in school, they may have difficulties in relationships.

“I don’t view myself within the concept of being perfect,” said World History teacher, Wendy Bowers. “Like most people, I set high goals, set out to achieve them and do so to the best to my own ability.”

Teens often expect to have a perfect appearance based on what they see in the media because they see people who have great skin, a terrific figure or what seems to be a perfect life.

“I think what is important is doing the best that you can do at anything you do,” said counselor Jennifer Ladao. “Even in the moments where things don’t work out the way you had planned, it’s about picking yourself up and trying again or celebrating you and your accomplishments no matter how minute or grand.”

Perfection should not be the goal of teens because it is not what really matters. Being less than perfect or making mistakes helps teens learn. Lessons from errors will improve skills and build confidence. Doing the best that one can do should be good enough.