Which Road to Take?

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Nov 17th, 2011
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Maebelle Flores
Cleveland High School

Which Road to Take?

Teenage years must have been the worst and best times of our life. Worst because we are treated like kids but expected to act like adults. Best because. . . we can do everything we want without charges pressed under our name, well unless we hit 18 then we have no choice but to be a little bit careful. At this stage of our life, we experience things that will prepare us to the future. Excessive work, decisions that cause dilemma, and of course, emotional development.

Have you ever experienced one of those days when you feel like teachers are giving so many impossible projects that it is so hard to focus on one thing? Like as if teachers know when other teachers would give myriad amount of research papers for a project then they will double it up with their own research project? It is very hard. I remember one time when I was a sophomore, I went home at 8 because I needed to stay at school to finish my book project. I thought that was late time to go home but the next day, hearing from my classmates, others actually stayed at school until 10 just to get their books to be done. But what can I expect? This is high school, if I can not stay at school ’til 8 to have my project done, then how am I supposed to cope with college that is all about having eye bags because of extreme studying? And this is not just about me, but everyone. High school is intimidating, especially those projects. Which, sometimes, drives us not to attend school.

Decisions, decisions, DECISIONS! Who is not afraid of taking a risk? Even the smartest and wisest people doubts. And high school is all about making the best decisions. As a Junior, I can say that I made a lot of decisions already on which road I would take everyday. Being the naive, immature girl that I always been, sometimes I still go to the wrong path. I would say, being a teenager is being like a baby, we sometimes don’t know what we are doing but we still go for the things we want and pretend its for our own good — we learn how to be selfish and how to make wrong things seem right by having fun. But I learned that having fun is not the answer for having a bad decision in high school. When you take the wrong direction and realize mid-way that you made a mistake, it is hard to go back, yes you can still go back but it will take much time and effort. So instead just go on and strive to reach the right direction that we have taken since the beginning.

You would be lying if you answer “no” if I ask you if you ever been in “love” during your time in high school. Teenage years is when our hormones act crazy, emotions overwhelming us, and our heart messing up with our brain. A month ago, I dated somebody that I had been liking since I was in sophomore year. For eight days, I had been happier, more cheerful, and my friends saw how much I was blooming. Everything was so perfect. . . but like I said, it only lasted for eight days. The day after my heart was broken, the smile I had was superficial — I kept showing a happy facade although I was tearing up inside. It was hurtful. My emotion took over me. And because of that, I did the one thing that students are inevitable to do — skipping classes. To be honest, I used to skip when I was in sophomore but ever since I had been a part of Youth Ambassadors now in my Junior year, I promised myself not to cut classes anymore. I skipped most of my classes just to escape school responsibilities and my rotting feelings.

But then I realized. . . if I cannot be strong for myself, then how am I suppose to be strong for my student that I will support? If I am skipping classes to escape reality, how am I going to help my student cope with his/her school problem? I am a Youth Ambassador, a positive teenager that motivates a fellow teenager not to just go back to school, but to become a responsible and accountable young adult as well. And I’m very proud to start talking to a student soon and be an official Youth Ambassador. It will not be easy, but I know that I will not just get to know my student, but I will also learn something about myself during the process.

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