Junior Year

Abigail Bell


Before starting my junior year, many people told me it would be the most stressful year of my high school career. Going in, I knew it would be a challenge but I was not expecting the sheer amount of stress coming my way. Between studying for the ACT,  participating in after school activities, volunteering, researching colleges, getting ready for prom, and the amount of classwork and homework piled on by every teacher, the majority of my classmates and I are overwhelmed by this dreaded year. And that’s not including our lives out of school.

On top of the ACT practice we do at school, many of us go home and do more practice just trying to up our scores since this is one of the most important tests we take, and no one lets us forget that. We do this prep work on top of our regular mounds of homework and trying to balance home lives and responsibilities. Working to add to their resume, many students volunteer, too. With all this work to get into college, we have to start figuring out where we want to go and what we want to do with our lives. We also can go to prom this year which means the added stress of finding a date and a dress/suit and everything else that goes with it. Trying to find a balance between all of our academic duties and home and social lives is very hard.

With college and the real world right around the corner and all the stress that comes with preparing for it, we juniors are tasked with maintaining our grades and mountains school work along with our lives outside of school. So today, if you see a junior looking overwhelmed, tell them they are doing a good job and be nice because chances are they are dealing with a lot.