Kids are stressed out \u2014 really stressed out \u2014 about getting into college. It\u2019s unnecessary, and unfortunate. \u201cThere\u2019s so much pressure put on you to do everything to buff that r\u00e9sum\u00e9,\u201d a student interviewing for a Youth Commission seat told the selectmen last week. \u201c... The competition to get into school is really the main pressure.\u201d Parents aren\u2019t the whole problem \u2014 there\u2019s a whole culture of crazy college competitiveness \u2014 but they\u2019re part of it. They need to lay off. Where else in life is the gap between perception and reality so vast as it is with value placed on a degree from one as opposed to another college? So much attention \u2014 and angst \u2014 surrounds who\u2019s gotten into Princeton, who\u2019s accepted at North Carolina, who\u2019s going to Georgetown or Pace, WestConn, Norwalk Community or Mississippi State? Know what? By the time they\u2019re 28, and have a couple of former employers on the r\u00e9sum\u00e9, no one will give a damn what school they went to. It may be that graduating from a few very top schools conveys entrance into some elite circle of alumni who can provide a network of opportunity. So can a good golf game. As for getting a good education, the key ingredient is the student\u2019s level of interest in learning \u2014 not the school they go to. Kids need to learn how to work hard \u2014 and how to enjoy themselves. Getting a grip on life-work balance will mean more for a young person\u2019s future happiness than getting into their first choice school. Kids, yes, go to college. Finish college. Find something you love to do. But don\u2019t stress out over Campus Prestige or Podunk U \u2014 you can learn a lot on any campus if you want to.