Do you remember when we sat in the MPR on the first day of school and were told that the theme of the year was going to be "balance?" Did you too feel a sense of relief that maybe junior year was not going to be as bad as you had heard?
Or was it too good to be true?
Why don't we take a stroll back to advisor groups of sophomore year? How great was it to have the juniors leading them go on, month after month, about how difficult junior year is? Did it annoy you too? Or how about when you got your schedule over the summer? Were you at all excited about having some of our teachers again?
And how did you feel walking back into Biotech for your second-to-last first day of high school? Do you remember the smiles? The laughter? The hugs?
But where have they gone?
Do you remember those kids who used to always have smiles on their faces? Have you ever wondered what happened to them? Could junior year have taken them away?
Do you enjoy waking up before the sun is up and then going to sleep long after it has set? What ever happened to those circadian rhythms we learned about in biology? Shouldn't we consider following that? Do you even remember what a full night of sleep is like?
How would you feel to be rewarded for getting through a big assignment with another big assignment? Could we possibly have thirty seconds to breathe? Do you understand that some teachers are really trying to help us with our balance? Is it really necessary to ruin that? And how come we always end up with like 3 IAs at once? Isn't that such a cruel coincidence?
And why do I put so much pressure on myself? Why do I need to be perfect on everything? Why can't I skip a homework assignment every so often? Why can't I just relax? Why do I need to get bad stomach aches every time I get stressed? Isn't my body trying to tell me something?
Why don't we try to relax and enjoy high school? How about giving in and going out with our friends instead of studying? Can we appreciate the opportunities we are given and understand how privileged we are?
And most of all, why can't I listen to my own advice?