Almost a month after taking the PSU 2016, thousands of young people will be able to find out their results, when they are officially published through psu.demre.cl, on December 26th at 8:00 a.m. There will be long days for many young people that will come loaded with high anxiety and uncertainty.
For many young people the time has come for relaxation and the end of a period of much study and anxiety, after preparing for EVER to take the University Selection Test (PSU). However, sometimes waiting for the results is either more and more stressful, especially for those who have no idea how they did or if they will even get the necessary score to enter into their favorite career. A psychologist gives some recommendations to face these days of uncertainty."Waiting for something longed for generates feelings of uncertainty, which can be accompanied by anguish and anxiety. Depending on how the subject performed in the PSU, he may experience feelings of fear, insecurity or self-recrimination. In general terms, expectation is not a pleasant feeling, however, the disruptive or painful nature that this particular feeling brings, will basically depend on their level of emotional strength and self-esteem," says the director of the School of Psychology at Pacific University, Carmen Gutiérrez.
For the psychologist, the reactions and attitudes manifested by young people are varied and are related to the character of the adolescent. "Some of the more introverted tend to present a symptomatology linked to the emotional or affecting the emotional sphere. The more extrovert students will tend to manifest themselves through a range of behaviors. Therefore, it is important for the youngster to know that his parents support him, that they are proud of him and, regardless of his results in the PSU, he can count on them. This is often the case in families where there is open, frank dialogue and good interpersonal relationships. In stricter or closed families, it is possible that these young people feel more pressured, demanded of, and less likely to be and feel supported by their parents," says the professional.
To accompany them in this process, Carmen Gutiérrez indicates that each family knows what to do depending on the academic history of the boy or girl. "The results of the PSU are not just out of nothing, they are closely linked to academic academic history. It is important that the family has a realistic expectation for whatever possible outcome of their child in the PSU and, from that base, adjust and decide the best possible options for higher study for him. In that sense, a realistic expectation of your child, with whatever future projection, is also a good way to give support. Obviously, to the extent that there are more spaces for dialogue and greater openness to face these issues, expectations, fears and dreams associated with open and frank, is a good way to be present and contain," says the expert.
Now, with results in hand
Surely the most anxious will be waiting with bated breath at 8:00 am on December 26, the day of the official publication of the results. In this there will obviously be surprises, feelings of success and failure, but the important thing is to think soberly about which career path to choose, and make a good decision.
"First, it is important to evaluate the reasons for this particular outcome and to differentiate between the causes, which ones can be modified and which can not. This analysis will define the possible scenarios and thus the courses of action. It is important that the decision-making process is done in the most informed way possible and confirm that all the background information is at hand. In other words, it is important to consider that the results of the PSU are not the only elements to decide a possible action," recommends the director of the School of Psychology at the Pacific University.
For Carmen Gutiérrez it is important and fundamental to know that the result obtained in the PSU does not define the capacities of a person and that there are even institutions of higher education that do not demand a score in the PSU. "The result reflects the level of knowledge acquired throughout their secondary education. It is important, of course, but its importance does not exceed the limits of what it evaluates. Although it is true today for many institutions of higher education, it is no less true that there are a wide variety of them: Private and CRUCH Universities, Professional Institutes, Technical Training Centers, just to name a few of the options for higher education at the national level. There are also cases in which the alternative is to work, either definitively or until enough funds are raised to do other things, or solve a personal or family situation," she concludes.