For better or for worse

By Cari Floyd
LifeatStart.com reporter

When you’re in junior high everyone tells you how high school will be the best four years of your life. This statement isn’t entirely wrong but, they don’t mention how it will also be the most stressful four years.

You walk in on your first day of freshman year thinking high school is going to be sunshine and rainbows, but then you’re quickly hit with everything no one told you about. There’s state tests, college tests, nights where you’re up until one or two in the morning doing homework. After a while, you start to wish you were still in junior high living your best life without a care in the world.

For me, the stress hit me really hard my junior year. I had just got my first job so I was working almost every day, going to school, and I was getting tons of homework that felt never ending. I started to lose motivation for school; I was slacking in my classes, not getting homework done, and waiting until the last minute to get things done. This loss of motivation is what brought so much stress. I was doing just enough to get by when I knew I could’ve been doing better. Even now as a senior, I know I can be doing better and I’m trying with everything in me to do so.

High school will be the best and worst four years of your life but, take my advice: stay focused, don’t let anyone or anything distract you from what you should be doing. Even when you have no motivation for anything, try your hardest because at some point you’re going to regret not giving it your all. You got this.