It’s 8:04, oh no I am going to be late! I pull my car into the OLu parking lot.
I forgot to set my alarm and overslept yet again. I run down to the check in center and rush through the line counting down the minutes until I have to be in AP Gov. I can’t get a fifth tardy! My parents are going to have a conniption and give me yet another lecture telling me how I am almost 18 and need to be more responsible.
As I sit in my first period class, I begin to think about all the assignments that I have to finish and the college applications that are due in two days. My stress level begins to rise, as I remember that I have a math test that is next period. I begin to think:
“Did I study enough? Well I guess it is my senior year so if I do fail it’s not that big of a deal, right?”
As I walk through the door I already dread the test. I open my backpack to find that I forgot my graphing calculator. I raise my hand:
“Uhh, excuse me, Do you have another graphing calculator,” I say to the teacher sheepishly. The bell finally rings and my day is finished at 12:00 pm because of my two frees that I have at the end of the day. I think to myself:
“Well that was stressful. Let’s hope for the best for tomorrow,” even though I know it will be a repeat of today.
Each year senior students struggle to not only balance the rigor of school, but also the daunting task of applying to colleges. During this time period their mental health becomes deteriorated from the high levels of stress that they face each and every day. As they apply to schools and anxiously wait for acceptance they are tormented by the what ifs. Ultimately the uncertainty of the future causes extreme amounts of anxiety and stress.
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