In times of unrealistic standards that students feel they must uphold, many have turned to majors that rather than bring them happiness, bring them a big paycheck instead. This notion has been engraved in student's heads since they began high school and for some, even before that. They are told consistently, "Take AP classes" "Get all As" "Work hard now so you don't have to later". I, being a student myself, have received this kind of pressure first hand. Students who are not even 18 yet are told to make decisions that determine the rest of their lives. I believe the stress that is placed upon teenagers in this generation causes them to set unrealistic expectations for themselves and results in a less than pleasing future. Although they may be able to make the big paycheck after 20 plus years of schooling, it has been proven time and time again that monetary success does not equate to happiness. In order for this generation to reach our full potential, we must be telling students to choose something they truly enjoy, to pick classes that interest them, and pick a career based on intrinsic values. If people go in to a career that they are passionate about, they will work harder than if it was something that they dreaded going to every day. This will thus boost the economy and form America back around the ideals it was founded on. As stated in the U.S Declaration of Independence, we have a right to, "Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness" which should be something we celebrate each and every day.