There are definitely challenges in high school, whether they’re major or minor ones. However, many challenges can be either avoided or overcome. I find that many problems are related to either self-esteem or peer pressure. For example, as a high-school student, I was, and still am, a hard worker. I would stay focused in class and do all my homework. I despised the ones who didn’t do the work or disrupted the teachers during class, especially subs. My World Lit and Women in Lit classes during senior year fit into this category. Aside from having a lousy teacher, the kids were brutally chaotic. These pinheads obviously behaved this way and disrespected the teacher out of peer pressure, not self-esteem. I truly have zero tolerance for anyone who mistreats any teacher. My advice to any incoming freshman is don’t follow the crowd. The crowd is full of immature minds that don’t have sensible mannerism. Instead, let your heart guide you down the right path.
Now, a problem in school due to low self-esteem is an entirely different story. Take me for example. I have a problem with taking a text, like Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, and reading between the lines. I read that play in junior year and I couldn’t grasp that text for the life of me. That very same year, I had to take the English Regents. I had anticipated whether I’d pass that nightmare of a class or not. That lowered my self-esteem even further, causing more stress. I eventually got a tutor and she taught that if I thought positive, the outcome would be positive. Sure enough, thanks to her, I got an 88 on my English Regents. So don’t let your hopes drown when there’s more ahead.