To students, high school is known to be either the greatest time of their lives or the most stressful. A few 9th graders at La Canada High School revealed their thoughts about high school’s effects on themselves, so far.
Jenny Kim, an aspiring art student at the school disclosed her perspective upon the tolls high school had on her social life, grades, and her health. “Going into highschool, I was definitely worried, but excited at the same time. I expected it to be fun, which it currently is, but I didn’t realize the problems I would face once I actually experienced it.” She explained how her strenuous schedule caused many problems for her at the beginning of school describing it as, “… I was juggling my art and academic classes at the same time; my sleep schedule was different every day and it affected my mental and physical health…”
While people argue about the reality that freshman have to face, stating that it is not as bad as the rest of high school, others disagree stating that the need of adapting to a new world and finding who they are affects them even more. While students like Jenny who hope to major in an art someday are already busy with creating their portfolio, athletes struggle to find time to rest and keep their academics up.
Eugene Hong, a current junior and varsity football player at La Canada High School, claimed his struggle to find the right schedule for his activities was in a worse situation than his friends and other students. He stated his passion for football suppressed his ability to earn good grades at school and they began to suffer in the beginning of his freshman year. Other than the stress and depression he got from himself with his constant worry about his grades his recovery from practices, he received stress from his parents who constantly argued with him about his desires masking his stubbornness. Still, he managed to fix this situation and built a better person of himself through support from his family and friends. Eugene agrees that with high school, while there are a few outliers that are affected by a student’s age, most of the time, it depends on their ambitions and the amount of work they can handle, both physically and mentally.
Even though society created a stereotypical viewpoint on the delinquent expectations freshman have to look up to, 9th grade is still a year of realizing the different aspects of high school, while getting used to a new environment.