When we were little we have all seen privileges others had that we wanted so badly; privileges like being able to stay up past 10, eating ice cream before dinner, watching PG-13 movies among some. We all wanted to grow up faster, to be able to do the things the big kid did. This year, it finally hit me: I am the big kid now.
High school, a time of massive amounts of work, combined with high expectations, hormones, and mental development creates a hectic phase filled with insecure and confused teenagers. To escape from the mentally and physically taxing that arises from being a teenager, teenagers often spend their time on something that they enjoy and takes their minds off things whether this video games, sports, reading, drawing, etc. But the real question is whether this is a productive way to spend your time, are you wasting time that could be spent on working on that project that is due next week or that blog post that should be posted tomorrow. Should we feel wrong that we weren’t as productive as we could be?
My 16th birthday is approaching and reality smashed into me as my mind realized that I’ll eventually have to be independent and (hopefully) be in college. A extremely scary concept to think about since I have lived my entire life basically sheltered by the stereotypical Asian parents, who emphasized grades more than learning life skills. Thinking about the growing older has left me thinking about what if situations; situations like what if I can’t into college, what if I can’t keep my grades at straight A’s next year, what if I will always keep the awkward teen personality I have right now.
More than I would like to, the question of “Why are we forced to spend our high school lives this way?”. The way I am referring to is the time juggling way of an AP/Honors student that wants to go to a prestigious college which usually requires A’s in said classes.Many times I have heard from others that high school only happens once and you can never reclaim the experience ever again so make it worthwhile both academically and socially.