Advanced Placement High School students are just as stressed as college students

By Asha Dawsey
Listen Up, Lansing

“You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes; you can steer yourself any direction you choose;” a quote from Dr. Seuss written across the board of Lothar Konietzko’s Advanced Placement class as a little motivation for the young AP students beginning this journey of education. Konietzko is one of five AP teachers at Everett High School in Lansing, teaching a large variety of students the basic high school courses such as History and English but on the same level as a college freshman. About 60 percent of U.S. high schools and 15,000 high schools worldwide offer Advanced Placement classes, according to a report from the College Foundation of North Carolina. Everett has 124 AP students, according to a school official. “Getting them to commit to the level of expectation for reading more and expected to be young college students,” said Konietzko.