Behind in school, behind in sports, behind in family.
And while it seems easy to just catch up, it’s hard.
Do the homework. Run a little faster. Cooperate a little more.
These are simple phrases, yet so hard to accomplish.
There's a balance that needs to be achieved in order to be successful at all aspects of junior year. With a more rigorous schedule, extra pressure from college tests, and the search for the perfect school, it becomes more challenging to complete each task whole-heartedly.
While I am still trying to find the perfect way to complete this next chapter in my high school career, I can’t help but try to slow down to enjoy my time here at Wootton. But I feel I’ve slowed down too much. Therefore, putting me behind.
Sometimes, when I feel too stressed to manage my time wisely, I get reminded by my dad that the busier you are and the more effort you put in, the more rewarding the outcome will feel. So I’m going to try and turn my junior year around…
First, I’m going to start thinking positive. Rather than procrastinating and complaining about the teachers, classes, and homework, I’m going to focus on the friends, clubs, sports, and extra time I’ll earn if I finish my homework early.
Second, I’m going to start planning my future, year by year, instead of trying to solve the four or more years that college will bring. If I start organizing just my senior year and the choosing some colleges that appeal to me now, chances are I will put more time and concentration into gaining a positive experience from this year.
Also, I tend to concentrate more on scores and stats in the sports I play. This year, I’m going to focus on reaching the outcome while building connections with my teammates that could last long after the season commences.
Finally, my family. They’ve been the ones supporting me through the struggles that junior year brings. I need to give them back what they’ve given me. So, I’ll do the laundry, wash the dishes, and help my sister with her homework.
So, I’ll start building up, getting more organized, more focused, more dedicated.
Day by day.
Hour by hour.
Minute by minute.
Not dwelling on the past or looking too far in the future, but rather on the now.
If I can do it, you can too.