One thing after another. It feels like the practices, performances and events never end. Not only do the extracurriculars fill up your free time, but so does the school work. Except, the more things you’re committed to the less time for the load of work there is. It’s a never ending cycle with you feeling tired and burnt out by the end of it.
I think most people can attest to this, especially those constantly involved in leadership positions while taking many advanced classes. The feeling of burnout is more common than you think, with everyone striving to have the best grades and to do as many extracurriculars in order to appeal to college admissions.
I was part of this as well, specifically during my senior year, so that I could boost my school involvement. I’ve always looked up to the people taking tons of AP classes while being in events like sports and still having time for hanging out with their friends and family. It even influenced me to sign up for leadership positions in the extracurriculars I was extra passionate about.
At first, the tasks seemed manageable. However, with senioritis driving my motivation for this year, my carelessness for school work along with the stress from my coinciding extracurriculars really caused my mental health to fall below what it usually has been.
Although I got to meet a lot of new people, taking on too many responsibilities, especially those that interfere with each other, really took a toll on my stress levels. It felt like I was running back and forth from one thing to the next, with practices back to back, making me stay at school until 9 p.m. on weekdays. Even my parents and friends took notice of my mental stability, seeing that my acne was getting a lot worse. Sometimes I didn’t even have enough time to hang out with my friends and even had to miss out on family reunions to attend mandatory events.
I continued doing my extracurriculars, not even with a single consideration of quitting because I had the slightest bit of hope that colleges would see my dedication. To my disappointment, I got a lot of rejections from schools I thought I had a good chance of getting into.
With senior year ending soon, I believe that although it is good to involve yourself in school activities, I think taking time for yourself is a priority. My mental well being this year has been a lot worse due to the fact that I constantly felt like I never had a break.
My biggest piece of advice for those going into senior year is to make it the best year and to not overwhelm yourself. Just know that burn out is not something you want to experience in your last year of high school.