Finding Ourselves

Maya DeJesus, Editor-in-Chief

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High School is a time for opportunity and good experiences; it’s also one of the most stressful moments of our lives, well so far. We have to deal with SAT, ACT, AP tests, getting a good GPA, pleasing our family, doing chores, getting our first job and keeping it, plus so much more. Life is taxing. School actually matters now from the moment we walked in freshman year, till the time we walk off the stage May of senior year. Questions linger: Where will I go to college? Will I go to college? Who am I? What will I be? The part that sucks the most is that nobody can tell you that but yourself. So like I said, stressful. 

Students nowadays don’t know who they are. They know what subjects or sports they like, but students don’t have a true passion. Realistically, school doesn’t help students find their passion. Teachers are bombarding students with a plethora of homework and projects. We are busy every single day. We don’t have time for ourselves. We need to figure out who we truly are. High school is just 4 years of our lives, while we will need to know what and who we are from the time we graduate till the time we die. We will always have a job and doing something you hate will drive you insane. 

So how do we fix this? How can we balance school and figuring out who we are? 

To answer these questions: we can’t. No matter how organized we are, we will still wake up remarkably early and go to sleep exceedingly late. We need more time. We need time for ourselves. We need a change in our education system.  When I say this I don’t mean give us easier work, but find the difference between quality and quantity. We don’t need a packet of “busy work” when two short answer questions could give the same information. Don’t give us homework if we have mastered the subject in class. It’s unnecessary and lazy. With all of this in mind, please give students an opportunity to be successful but ready for college and the real world.  

High school needs to find a way to individualize instruction to meet student success.