Welcome to High School

By Nour Kurdi

It’ll be the best four years of your life, they said. Enjoy your youth while you can, they insisted. And what better way to do that than to thoroughly appreciate every sleepless night, stressful deadline, and load of homework so graciously bestowed upon us? I mean, what’s not to enjoy? Two essays to finish, a project to work on, three worksheets due, and a test to study for this weekend, and all this as the deadline for college applications approaches. What a joy!

I find it preposterous that so many students tend to complain about all the stress and anxiety as they deal with the mundane duties of homework while they’re busy trying to determine their future. After all, those math problems and literary analyses are essential for preparing us for the future! The workload is not a problem at all; just cut those pesky 8 hours of sleep down to 2 and you’ll have all the time in the world to finish off 100 pages of ​Pride and Prejudice​, analyze a few poems, compare the socioeconomic state of an African country to that of Canada and solve 30 extra calculus problems.

Of course, this is excluding those essential extracurricular activities that universities seem to hold sacred, as they make a “well-rounded” person. This of course has many benefits and develops many worthwhile skills, including multitasking and how to pull an all-nighter sustained only by Arizona Iced Tea and a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Luckily, public schools have been scheduled to ensure that students are most sleep-deprived and least attentive as their teachers bestow upon them essential knowledge such as the function of the parenchymal tissue in a plant’s root.

It’s simply a coincidence that parents tend to complain about their children pulling away during their teen years, not spending as much quality time with family, constantly being strung out and grumpy at home. There’s definitely no correlation whatsoever between the rise in depression among teens and the high school education system. Social lives and sanity are entirely optional and can only happen at the cost of your study time, which of course is crucial for your preparedness for the most anticipated week of a student’s high school career: finals week.

With all these incredible highlights, it’s a wonder that teens spend so much of this precious time complaining and moaning about stress and anxiety when they should be cherishing their carefree high school years. ♦