Loading...
Home 2019-01-12T22:09:46+00:00

the problem

Every single day when I walk into school, this is what I hear in the halls: “What’s your class rank? Ugh, my GPA is definitely going to drop after that last test. AH – SAT scores come out in two days! That test literally determines my future”.
The stress. The worry. The anxiety. For youth, these negative things are far too prevalent in our lives. My name is Shuba Prasadh, and I’ve experienced a fair share of it myself, and I witness my peers experience it every day. From what I’ve observed, these negative elements stem largely from the daily dialogue that I detailed above – full of words like “GPA” and “test scores”. These things have one thing in common: they are all part of the “linear definition of success”. I define this as “success that has a rigid definition which is decided upon by society; it is often measured quantitatively, and is usually not fulfilling for an individual to strive towards”.

road to the solution

I was curious. The obsession with the “linear definition of success” was so prevalent in my environment. I wanted to see if it was prevalent in the lives of other youth and their environments. It turns out that it is.

After reading a report published by Stanford a few years ago that discussed how pressure for good grades/scores leads to high stress in youth, I found out just how widespread and significant this problem is.

In the report, Denise Clark Pope, lecturer in the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and author of Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic and Miseducated Students noted that:

Students feel as if their life success depends on getting the top SAT scores and the highest grades

Pressure by parents and schools to achieve top scores has created stress levels among students…that are so high that some educators regard it as a health epidemic.

the solution

The problem was more significant and widespread than I thought. And I want to solve it.

Hi, my name is Shuba Prasadh. I am a high schooler, proud Generation Z-er, and the founder of GenerationZeal. GenerationZeal is an initiative whose mission is to help youth lead more fulfilling and healthy lives by going beyond society’s “linear definition of success”.

how does GenerationZeal do this?

Although I had thought of a mission statement that I believed in and was excited to spread, what I wasn’t sure of was how exactly to help Generation Z lead more healthy and fulfilling lives.

The answer, as it would turn out, lies in passion. Passion – which is defined as a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something – would help youth go beyond society’s linear definition of success, as it would help them explore their own interests and define their own success which they aim to strive for. Additionally, having a passion for something is scientifically proven to be beneficial to one’s health – which would be perfect to help youth reduce their high stress levels from pursuing linear success.

After finding passion as the solution – I created the complete mission statement for GenerationZeal:

mission

To help youth lead more fulfilling and healthy lives by going beyond society’s “linear definition of success” through helping youth find their passion.

get involved

This can be a powerful movement (and it is getting there, as hundreds of Gen Z individuals have used our resources!). But every movement starts with the individual. If you want to make change, start by exploring your interests – start on a path to finding your passion.

Resources