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The stress of being a high school junior

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Suzie Hommel after expressing her stresses about her grades.

Suzie Hommel after expressing her stresses about her grades.

Riley Johnston

Riley Johnston

Suzie Hommel after expressing her stresses about her grades.

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As many high school students will tell you, it’s common knowledge that junior year is widely regarded as the “most difficult” year of high school. Not only does junior year generally contain the heaviest course load, but it’s also when students must start thinking about college. You have to take the SAT/ACT at the end of the year, so most kids are frantically searching up the stats for their college of choice, terrified of what will happen if they don’t match up to the competition.

“I’m so stressed out, it’s crazy,” says Westside junior, Suzie Hommel (pictured above). Between a taxing load of AP classes, studying for the SATs, being a lieutenant of color guard, and being president and vice president of Red Cross and Baking for the Better respectively, Suzie has no time for herself. “I’m so scared. What will I do if I fail? I can’t fail, that’s just not an option for me,” Suzie exclaims, a tired look in her eye.

For new transfer student Elijah Houchin, there are even more things to worry about. “Wait, this is the most difficult year of high school?” he asks. Elijah just transferred to Westside from Oregon, where he says the schools are more relaxed. Junior year is difficult enough starting on time, but Elijah is already three weeks behind.

Almost every junior I’ve spoken to since beginning this school year has expressed some form of stress or fear about the year ahead. Something needs to change. Perhaps juniors should be allowed to have 7th period off? Especially now that we get out so late, the juniors need the extra period to get a head start on their homework.

 

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Riley Johnston, Writer

Riley Johnston is a junior at Westside High School. She is the president of Baking for the Better and this is her first year on the Howler News staff. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, taking pictures, eating various baked goods, and spending time with her friends and girlfriend. Riley is very excited to begin writing for the Howler News this year!

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