Why college will not solve all your problems
Students love to complain about high school. Everything about it just seems to suck. The people, the schedule, the “learning” (I use quotation marks because whether high schoolers really learn is actually quite questionable), the food. The list goes on.
In this time of despair, high schoolers like to think of college as some sort of paradise. Away from parents, able to do their own thing, and having time to simply live a little. However, the issue arises when students realize that college is not the paradise they dreamed it would be.
Let’s assume you’re a hardworking student who grinded their ass off to get into a T5 school. It’s almost the start of the school year, and no word in the English language can rightfully capture your emotions. College will be so much fun! People will be kind. People will actually want to do what they want to do. Not everything people do will be for college anymore (I mean, we’re already here, so…).
Haha nope. Here, let me introduce a little analogy.
Everyone talks about how movies depicting high schoolers are so unrealistic. Homecoming, dances, parties, get-togethers? Nah, more like homework, homework, homework, mental breakdown, getting ghosted from “friends”, being launched into an existential crisis, etc. I mean yes, the homecoming/dances/parties/get-togethers do exist. But it’s like 2% of the entire experience that is high school.
The same is with college. Actually, the fun is probably even less than 2% now, because you actually have to focus on managing your own finances and maybe even seriously considering boyfriend/girlfriend relationships.
Instead of shooting for a top college, your peers are now shooting for a top job. Instead of being kind, people only further perfect the mask that got them into this T5 college. Instead of fun, you just get more work. And now, there’s no one to hold you accountable except for yourself. (Good luck.)
TL;DR: Yes, high school sucks. However, college will not solve all its issues. Things will only get worse from high school. Stop dreaming of a paradise after high school that doesn’t exist. Instead, try to live in the moment. If you can’t have fun now, when will you ever be able to? The truth is, every passing moment in time, your opportunities to have fun decrease. So make the most of it :)