Honestly, high school has been an amazing and wonderful experience so far, yet it was one of those experiences that I never really expected to end. It was like in preschool, elementary, and middle school. During those times, graduating and transitioning from one school to another was definitely exciting, but not very drastic as we still had all the same people around us. However, unlike the past, graduating from high school is not a convergence of roads, but rather the separation of worn and intertwined paths. It may be the last time that we live life with all of our friends and great people that we’ve built bonds and relationships with throughout our entire lives.
With this in mind, I want to raise the question of where the balance between having fun in high school and keeping ourselves in check. Obviously, you should always be having fun in everything you do, but to what extent should we just “let ourselves loose?” If we are taking rigorous classes that require heavy workloads, should we drop the classes in order to fully experience high school?
When I first thought of this balance, the answer was simple. I believed that you should just worry about your high school experience and not the classes or grades. It is important to get good grades, no doubt, but there is a far greater importance to be a high schooler.
Still, thinking more deeply on the topic, I started to wonder why some people have other opinions on the matter. Why do some people value their schoolwork and grades over enjoyment? Not like it’s a bad thing to value, but I just didn’t understand why others felt differently and how they could feel differently.
When I started thinking about it, I came up with this. Others reason that they should focus more on schoolwork because the schoolwork is what will determine their future. Sure, they will lose some enjoyment in the four years of high school that they have, but the schoolwork and learning that they achieved will propel them to 35+ years of a better future. To be honest, when looking at it this way, it is almost impossible to argue against this perspective.
However, many people have been able to be successful and have fun at the same time. Sure, high school impacts your future, but the real factor in determining your future is you. You are the one in control of your own destiny. For me, that’s why I believe that it is essential to find a balance between work and play, between fun and schoolwork, between high school experience and high school grades. This balance is something that varies from person to person, but you should never feel overwhelmed by high school to the point where it’s no longer enjoyable.
Because you should enjoy every single second of high school. If I were given the chance to be a freshman again, I would take the opportunity, no question. I would change so many things that I stressed about and focus on many things that I didn’t take seriously enough. There were so many opportunities I passed up on, yet so many that I probably should have never taken.
High school is a learning experience and this experience is all about finding yourself and the balance within yourself. But most importantly, enjoy your time in high school because time really does fly by…