Looking through my eyes
BY SAVANNA PATINO
Welcome back to high school. It is a time of prosperity, diversity, and growth. It is a beautiful four years, filled with good memories, friends, and learning. They are the best years of your life.
Except that they’re not.
High school is loaded with stress, bullies, trauma, fake friends, and hard classes. It is one of the most trying experiences every American teenager is forced by law to complete. For all the new freshman, high school is as similar to middle school as night is to day. The classes get harder, and your friend group gets smaller.
And as someone who habitually spreads herself too thin across various activities, I can confidently say that the stress level is real. As a senior who has done colorguard (with the marching band), four different choirs, Ethic, and Kimberly Juniors, all while juggling school work, AP classes and preparing for college, trust what I say next: do not do what I have done. 0/10 I do not recommend it.
I spend a good majority of my time at school, instead of with my family. I have given up all of my weekends to my various activities, and I rarely get the required 8 hours of sleep every teenager needs. I have stressed myself out to the point of panic attacks and hallucinations.
I have spent my entire life planning for something in the future, instead of living.
If there is one thing I can say to new freshman, or even to new seniors, it is that high school has the potential to be some of the best years of your life. And in no way am I saying to avoid being active in your school; just take it easy. Do not wish your entire life away, constantly waiting for the future. As cliche as it sounds, live in the present.
If I had realized this at the beginning of high school, yes I would probably be involved in less activities, but I would have made different memories, spent more time with my family, and maybe I might have been happier. But if I had chosen a light load in high school, I would have lost out on various opportunities, missed out on many important memories, and I might not have met some of the most important people in my life.
So it seems to be a “lose-lose” situation: except it’s not. No matter what path you choose for the four years, you will end up exactly where you belong, throughout high school and after. So don’t stress (I know it’s easier said than done). The world is full of so many adventures, so don’t be afraid to explore. And if at any moment you find yourself unhappy where you are, just get up and move. The way I see it, if you make these years the best they can be, everything will work itself out in the end. But maybe that’s just through my eyes.