Hard to please

In Editorials on October 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm

By: Morgan Deal

            Homework. Extracurriculars. A social life. These are just a few of the things teenagers have to worry about.

            One contributing factor to teens’ stress is college. We are pressured to make good grades and get involved with countless extracurriculars. At school, teachers tend to assign at least an hour of homework per class, not taking into consideration our other obligations. Not only do we have to do our homework, but we also have to do projects and study for tests. Keeping our grades up are crucial.

            Now, add sports onto that. I am not involved in a sport, but a few of my friends are. They are always commenting about the long practices, and how it’s hard to find time for other things. Being on a sports’ team also means having games and tournaments, and maybe even a fundraiser or tow. It’s a big commitment.

            In addition to or instead of committing to a sport, some people get involved with a club or organization. We are told that we have to get involved in some kind of extracurricular for colleges to even think about accepting us. I’ll admit that the clubs I am involved in are fun and introduce you to new things, but they are definitely time consuming. Some clubs offered meet multiple times a week for ours at a time.

            Finally, teenagers have to find time for a social life. Hanging out with friends is a way for us to briefly forget about busy schedules and challenging classes. People in a relationship have to work hard to find time to spend with their boyfriend and girlfriend. As teenagers, we feel obligated to keep up an image. That means making sure we look presentable at the very least, having the right friends, and going to all the “important” parties. The better an image someone has, the less susceptible they are to teasing. Thus, we are pressured to always be perfect, which is impossible.

            Stress is a big part of our lives. Between school, extracurriculars, and our social lives it’s easy to get overwhelmed. We need to find a balance to prevent one thing from controlling our lives.


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