Alright, I would not consider myself a "debbie downer" or a negative person necesarily, but I feel like junior year is killing me. Between academics, more competive sports, the ACT and other extracurriculars, I thought that this past school year was definately going to be the death of me. Upperclassmen warned me last year to not overload my schedule, and to plan my time better, but I feel like no matter what I have done, there was always more I should be working on . In addition to our normal schoolwork, many of us diligent students have been working on preparing for the ACT outside of school. This adds to our homework load considerably. All the extra work I put in for my ACT has really paid off, and I'm satisfied with my final score, but did that one point improvement really make all that much of a difference?
Because of all this extra stress and things on my "to-do" list, my home life has also been affected. My parents are always worried about my last semester of grades that actually matter as they put it. Every little test and quiz seems to weigh so much more than it has in the past. Am I the only one who has felt the pressure of this year so much more than the previous four high school semesters? Why does it have to be like this?
All this stress and worrying cannot be good for our health, no matter how young or old a person is, it effects our wellbeings. As American teenagers, we work our butts off to get that extra tenth of a point on our GPA, but is it really going to be worth weight gain, heart problems, and other possibly damaging side affects of stress overload?