High School is like running through a gauntlet. Except you are on fire, have only two hours of sleep, know that none of this nonsense will help you, and you have to make it look like it is easy. And there are people judging your performance down to the very smallest details. High School is no laughing matter, especially if you have hard classes, a full class load, a very time-demanding sport, and responsibility at home like yours truly. And to add to that, my ADD makes me forget to do at least one of those four things every day, and remember that I need to look good and keep character for a whopping seven to eight hours. And what am I going to do after high school? College, starting a career, and before all that, I have to get a summer job to pay for college and a car and… and… Man, this is stressing me out just thinking about it.
Now if all of this makes you cringe just by the sound of it, then that’s good. I’m glad you feel for the topic. There is one thing I want you to keep in mind though: I am not the average high school student with the basic pathway, doing no more than what you need to graduate with no extracurricular activities. I push my mind and body to perform at its peak academically, socially, and physically. But that is all because I want to be successful and make a lot of money more than eating and sleep sometimes. For example, right now it is 10:30 PM after a lacrosse game and what am I doing?
Surviving high school all depends on how much raw effort and hours you want to put in to be where you want to be. If you are fine with a mediocre job and little to no higher education, surviving high school is relatively painless–just go through the motions and you have it in the bag. But if you want to be successful and make a lot of money, high school is going to be painful. Here in America, the way you get a good career in architectural engineering is studying Shakespeare, mixing useless chemicals in chemistry, and solving page-long calculus problems when all you need to know is basic geometry and physics. Why it is that way is always going to be a question to me. But if you want to survive high school, whether you are high achieving or not, you have to get gritty. You could be the dumbest person ever to walk this planet and pass a class, and you could be the smartest person to ever walk this planet and fail it by a light-year. In high school, grit is the name of the game.