By: Courtney Harrington
Being a high school student, I will admit that I can be a very high maintenance kind of gal. In high school, we as teenagers tend to focus much of our attention on fitting in and improving our outer appearance. Students often lose sight of where our priorities in life should typically be. It is very easy, if I must say so myself, for high school students to allow themselves to make high school their world. Personally, I believe thatFortMillHigh Schooland the students here put too much effort into being like others around them and spending too much time concerned with their social lives. Is that really the way things should be?
When I take a step back and look at the environment around me, I realize how good I have it. Have you ever taken a moment out of your day to thank your parents/friends for everything they have done for you over the years; for everything they have given you? If you are someone who has not, I strongly encourage you to find the people who have made a huge effort to make your life grand and simply say thank you.
I, for one, am so grateful to be in theFortMillSchool District. We have the fortunate opportunity to get such a wonderful education through amazing teachers, but sometimes I feel as if we neglect our privileges. Unknowingly, we have rough, underprivileged areas throughout Tega Cay and downtownFortMill. Are we doing what we can to improve the lives of the less fortunate and the lives of the families on our backdoor step? The answer is no.
I personally know how easy it is to be content with how your life is falling into place. We often do not feel the need to lend a hand to those who may need it. I do not mean to come off in a harsh manner, but too many of us are self-absorbed and self-conceited, and that most definitely should not be the case.
My challenge to you this week is to take time out of your busy lives to give back. I feel as though it is important for each of us to not get swallowed up in ourselves. I can definitely agree that along with school itself, being a teenager is a full time job. However, you should not let it consume you. We are all equal and we all deserve the best. Would you not agree? No one person is above another, we are all unique in our own way. I challenge you to not spend your four years of high school consumed with your social life, but to step outside and give back to those who need the loving attention.