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CHS Junior - Student Columnist
By Stephanie Madden

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The Long Distracted Road

Do homework, participate in activities, make time for friends, apply for colleges; responsibilities we have all help at one point or another. Once you know what is expected of you, it is always easy to throw in extra things such as watching television, going on the computer, staring at a blank wall, just a little bit of distraction to hold your sanity.

It is well known that we teenagers are not expected to hold our attention on one thing for too long, or maybe we manage to focus on the wrong thing, but it is because we would like to add some fun and distraction into our lives. I really have enjoyed the past few weeks of extra pressure and expectations, but it sure does wear on a person.

We all have time we could be spending on more exciting things, but sometimes we do what we have to do in order to get ahead. It would be nice to start a movement for more fun activities and less stresses and expectations; I know I would have a lot of teens following my lead.

It is no surprise to me that college applications have become more tedious by the day, and there really is no escape from the work if you want to have a promising future. Depending on where you live college could be for you, or the military, there are all kinds of options for your life’s path. In the beginning though you can only choose one course to take, and work very hard towards achieving it.

If I did not continue my education towards college I would miss such activities as writing longer essays, reading more books and having less time to get it all done. I know there is a bigger picture to the college experience, but this time of the year has brought a certain tired sentiment to every senior.

Until we can all gather our sanity again and put it all back in place we should remember to keep lots of liquids close, to refuel ourselves whenever needed and always keep an updated resume around. We should all receive a bouquet of flowers with a card reading “welcome to your first taste at the real world”. That would be a sight, but maybe we would feel just a little more appreciated for all of our hard work.

I have not had any tumbles from last week. I run slower in the house and avoid obstacles I may be inclined to run into. As for my daily work and habits, I run into obstacles all the time, but we all need to keep on trucking and now that we will reach a break along the way.


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