Searching for Simplicity

December 5, 2009
By CourtneyC GOLD, Phoenix, Arizona
CourtneyC GOLD, Phoenix, Arizona
14 articles 3 photos 4 comments

In high school, every kid wants to feel like they belong. They may be a member of the band or student council, but each student is involved in some way. During my years of high school, I joined every club that sounded appealing at the time, trying to keep myself busy and well-balanced. While being a member of almost every club in the school is a benefit when applying for colleges, balancing homework, social time, family, work, and extracurricular activities is a challenging feat.

After sophomore year, I decided to no longer be a member of the school orchestra. I needed to find a new activity to become involved in, so I began trying out various clubs. Prom Committee, Spanish Club, Key Club, Community Counts, NHS, SAGE, the list goes on infinitely. Almost everyday I had meetings before and after school. My life was a time schedule, each hour carefully planned to maximize efficiency. Sleep became a rarity and falling asleep in class, a frequent event. Club activities began to overlap as my homework load increased.

All of junior year, I survived with this insanely packed schedule. I promised myself senior year I would have more free time, even with possibly taking on a new job. Now three weeks into school, I find my exhausted self searching for simplicity, a way to relax my high stress lifestyle that most teenagers today also live with.

The author's comments:
The stress of school and homework inspired me to write this piece. Americans have a tendency to over-do everything, making our busy lives exhausting.

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on Dec. 14 2009 at 6:25 pm
-MidnightAngel- GOLD, A Field Of Paper Flowers, California
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Favorite Quote:
"I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?"

I know how you feel. When I was in 4th and 5th grade, I was in all the clubs and classes I couled be in, 12 all together. It can be so stressful.

CourtneyC GOLD said...
on Dec. 11 2009 at 7:26 pm
CourtneyC GOLD, Phoenix, Arizona
14 articles 3 photos 4 comments
Does anyone else feel the same way? What overwhelms you in your life? Please respond :)


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