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High school is not a stress-free time

October 2, 2018

High school, a time of learning, a time of growing, and a time of fun.

That’s what’s typically perceived about the so called, “stress-free” life during high school. However, things aren’t generally so easy for this generation’s high school years.

During high school we are told to get involved and go out for any sports or activities so we don’t miss out. Sometimes, getting involved tends to become too much for some of us to even handle. High school isn’t just school and spending time with friends anymore. These days, our high school years have been taken up by numerous extracurricular activities. Between our school work, extracurriculars, jobs, family and our social life, things can seem to get a little nerve-racking.

Sure, it can be great to not have to pay for any big bills during high school but that doesn’t entirely mean high school is “care free.”

Some of us tend to think that by filling up our plates with extracurricular activities, this will attract more colleges to spur interest in us. I’m currently starting off my junior year. For those unaware, junior year is spooked out to be the hardest, most stressful year of high school. Junior year is the beginning of college preparation, which means that things only get a lot more hectic.

This is the year where we begin getting asked more in depth about what exactly it is we want to do with our lives. In all honesty, most of us have no clue where we see ourselves in the future. And sometimes, in the midst of dealing with all of our responsibilities, we forget to take time out of our chaotic schedules for ourselves.

Now, I know it isn’t Jan. 1 yet, but my new school year resolution is to put my health ahead of anything else. By this, I do mean both mental and physical health. Whether it’s schoolwork, extracurriculars or jobs, it’s important to put your own health above all else, and that’s what I plan to do.

I think it’s important to remember to make ourselves a priority in our own lives. At the end of the day, we have to keep in mind that we shouldn’t constantly stress about all of this. Instead, we should still find time to try our best to live the “care-free life of a student.”

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