I feel like June and July lasted about three good seconds, anyone else? As I am writing this, the fair is tomorrow, volleyball tryouts start on the 12th, and my summer reading is not anywhere close to being completed. As the new school year approaches rapidly, there are lots of hopes and fears that I have.
Since I am now a junior, things are already starting to get more serious and stressful. I can’t even talk to one of my family members, counselors, or teachers without one of these dreaded questions eventually popping up:
“So what do you want to do with your life?
“What colleges are you thinking about?”
“Do you plan on playing any sports in college?”
I dread these questions because my answer is always the same, “I have NO idea!”
I feel like there is way too much pressure put on students today to know exactly what they want to do with their lives. If you’re a kid who still doesn’t really know what they want the future to hold for them by the time you get to high school (like myself), these types of questions and selecting the right classes can seem overwhelming.
This year isn't just about the stress of figuring out my future, I am also going to be involved in more clubs and more challenging classes than my previous two years. Trying to balance all of these different activities, classes, and sports will not be easy, but I know it will be very beneficial in the long run. Looking ahead, I know that in order to have success in this I must really utilize my free time and not procrastinate.
One of my hopes for this year is that I can experience and walk through my junior year with the friends that have consistently supported me and have gone through life with me so far! My friends mean the WORLD to me, and I am so glad that I have them by my side to go through all of the things that high school entails.
However, I do hope that this year I get the chance to make new friends! We are so blessed to have a large school with many opportunities to meet new people. When I found out that during first semester I do not have lunch with any of the girls in my "friend group,” I was not too thrilled. However, now I look at this as an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone a bit and make some new friends.
All this being said, my main goal this school year is that I am going to try my best not to live for acceptance, but to continue to wholeheartedly be myself in everything that I do.
The morning practices, homework-filled nights, game days, and challenging classes are right around the corner. I am ready for this new school year despite some of the fears that I may have. I know that there are many opportunities in store for me this year and I can’t wait to make the most of each and every one of them!
Until next time,