At this time of year, as we dust off the link to the Beloit College mindset list, we should also consider how adolescents also feel about the future. Check out this article.
articles : Now What? Dealing with Kids' Fear of the Future : Youthworker Journal Here is a quote to whet your curiosity:
More than 90 percent of seniors expect to attend college, and more than 70 percent anticipate working at professional levels. And their preoccupation with school, homework, and grades isn’t driven by the desire to be the best as an end in itself; rather, it represents their belief that they must do well if they expect to become successful and have comfortable lives in the future.
update-- Wanted to give credit to Youth Specialties for the link to this article. Thanks.