Rising through high school, year after year, could be very stressful. Who am I kidding; it’s extremely stressful. The past three years tested you academically, emotionally, and for you athletes, physically. No matter how much you stood out, you never really were the news of the school.
Freshman year is where you learn about who you are. You’ll have orientation day which will be so nerve-wracking. Unless you’re outgoing, you’ll probably be in a distant corner like all the other freshman, just listening and praying you make it through the day. However, after a few days, you’ll find yourself with a crowd of people. These people will probably be your “friends” for freshman year. You may be wondering why I used quotation marks when I said the word friends, but you’ll find that out eventually. Freshman year is now flying by and you can’t wait for summer to come with all of the new awesome people you’ve met!
Sophomore year rolls around and now you’re not quite a freshman anymore, but you’re not exactly important either. I mean, it is only your second year of high school. You’ll notice teachers give a little more attitude, are less understanding, and don’t want to be there even more than you. That’s normal. Classes will get harder, and by November you’ll see who really cares about their school work, and who is just there because they have to be.
Junior year may or may not be the trickiest. You’re now an upperclassman, but you aren’t at the top of the food chain just yet. This year is by far the most stressful year of your life so far. You have to worry about excelling in the classroom, getting high SAT scores, and you have to decide what colleges you plan on applying to. Teachers know you’re stressed, but won’t give you the benefit of the doubt with anything (this is for their enjoyment). Not only will you be receiving a ton of work in class, outside of class you have to make sure you’re doing community service, going on college visits, and most likely going to an SAT tutor. It sounds pretty stressful, I know.
Before you know it, you’re a senior. You are the top dog. Your class runs the school. You’re the people all the freshman, sophomores, and juniors look up to. However, the stress does not go away just yet. This is crunch time. You’re desperately trying to figure out what college suits you best, and you end up falling in love with it. Unfortunately, there’s a downside to everything. This downside happens to be money. If your parents plan on spending $30,000 or more per year on your education, perfect, that’s amazing for you. However, if you’re like the rest of us, the harsh reality of having to take out a student loan for that amount each year is heartbreaking. Soon after that, you’re all settled into the college of your choice, prepared to face debt for many years to come, for what’s supposed to be a continuation of the best four years of your life.
With your parents on your back about school work, teachers on your back about homework, and guidance counselors on your back about joining clubs and doing community service, you can’t forget that you’re in high school. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone has regrets, and everyone ends up on the wrong end of a joke. It’s high school. It’s happened to me, it’s happened to the person sitting next to you, it’s happened to the people you’re closest with, and unfortunately, chances are it’ll happen to you. However, it’s still high school. These four years are deemed as the best four years of your life. Go out, make some friends, go to some parties, fall in love. Do whatever you feel suits you best. Just don’t forget to live your life. No one wants to be the senior citizen with regrets for what they didn’t do when they were younger.