BHS- Where you want to go, if you love to write!
As the last summer sunset lights up the sky and we set our alarms to ungodly hours of the morning, it’s time for the return to school. But September doesn’t come without its hurdles. Climbing the grades, students feel a growing pressure to succeed, causing crushing stress. This pressure is a serious problem with a number of causes.
Many parents want their teen to thrive, be the top of their class, get 100% on a test. But what should be more important is their child’s mental well-being. We students need encouragement to succeed on the home front, but adults need to watch out for when the level of pressure or stress hits an unhealthy level. At those times we can’t see clearly, and need to be redirected from potentially dangerous paths.
But pressure doesn’t always come from the outside: it can just as easily be caused by us, the students. We want to prove ourselves, push ourselves, be the best that we can be. That’s a great way to live, but if you don’t know when to stop, you’ll end up getting sucked into a black hole. It’s not too late: we can still change course, succeed and be happy at the same time. But if we fall, start sliding into darkness, that’s when we need our family, friends, and teachers, to grab our hands and pull.
“The pursuit of excellence is gratifying and healthy. The pursuit of perfection is frustrating, neurotic, and a terrible waste of time.” - Edwin Bliss