—Jada Williams, Web Editor—
From overcrowded halls, being forced to stand in front of a class, and to fears of never making friends, school can be very challenging for most kids. They lack the needed social skills — because they’re so afraid.
It’s completely okay to make friends. It may be a little difficult at first, but it’s worth it. They don’t want to start a new year, in a new environment, with nobody. It definitely can get very lonely at times. They meet so many new kids here that have the same interests as them. It’s really easy to move on and broaden their views. Over 2,000 kids are in this school, so there are plenty of opportunities to meet people who are relatable.
Paying attention in class is very hard for most kids, especially when they have a tendency to let their mind wander. Most kids admit to falling asleep in class because the lesson or teacher is boring, but it isn’t the smartest thing. Obviously, when they fall asleep, they’re missing the lesson and probably key points to it, which won’t help them during a test. Kids worry about falling asleep in class, or not paying attention due to their daydreams because they know it could affect their grade. They all know what happens when they worry about their grades.
Mental illness tends to get overlooked in school. Well, the smaller ones do, like anxiety.
Teachers think it’s just an excuse or an inconvenience for the class. Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. Dealing with anxiety is like constantly having a weight on your chest, and most people don’t realize that. It’s hard talking to new people and everything seems more awkward than it already is. Students can get graded for participation (which is ridiculous), so when they’re too scared to stand in front of the class to present a project or too scared to answer a question they were called on for, there’s a chance their grade could get lowered.
Bullying is also another issue, and something a lot of kids are victims of. Around 3.2 million children are bullied a year, 160,000 teens skip school because of bullying, and 17% of American students report being bullied 2 to 3 times a month during a school semester. They’ve all been taught the mindset that,“If they don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” And kids don’t realize that words do hurt. Those words replay in their head constantly, and it makes them think it’s true, which can lead to low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety; and sometimes even suicide. Over 16% of students seriously consider suicide, 13% create a plan, and 8% have made an attempt. There’s about 4,400 deaths per year because of the effects of bullying. Words aren’t the only thing that hurt, though. There have been cases when kids just beat up other kids, terrifying them into not wanting to go to school.
The boy they’re worried about, the paper that they failed, a dumb rumor about them; it all won’t matter in 5 years anyway, so there is no point in wasting their precious time worrying about any of them. High school is supposed to be the best years of your life— so make it count.
Header Photo Courtesy to Jada Williams