Having Lots of Friends at School Can Make You An Honor Student
A survey of 629 high school seniors in Los Angeles found that students with the highest GPAs also have mostly friends who go to the same school.
Melissa R. Witkow, an assistant professor of psychology at Willamette University, states, "We found that within an adolescent's friendship group, those with a higher proportion of friends who attended the same school received higher grades."
Why is this so? "Because in-school friends are more likely to be achievement-oriented and share and support school-related activities -- including studying -- because they are all in the same environment," Melissa says.
Your other friends who go to different schools also add to your life in a significant way. The assistant professor continues explaining, "These friendships are still important in terms of fulfilling adolescents' social needs, and they are not necessarily always detrimental to achievement."
Do you agree with the survey's results?