The Reality of High School

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The Reality of High School

Alondra Alvarez, Staff Writer

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We all have heard at least once that our high school years are the best of our lives, but there are lots of high school students who would disagree with that statement. High school is not at all like we see in the movies; it’s even more than that, and each individual student’s experiences are different. Some of us are surrounded by so many people, but we still feel alone. Others have never questioned their ability to fit in and connect. And while the movies seem to focus on the parties and dances, most students are instead staying up all night just to complete their homework or a big project. In this photo series, Junior Ashanti Anderson goes through some scenarios that may be familiar to most of us because while our experiences are incredibly different, at times they are incredibly similar as well.  At the end of it all,we can all say that while these years may not have been the best of our lives, they have definitely turned us into who we will be tomorrow and have prepared us for our future.


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  • Anderson runs to make it to class on time. Students often spend their nights staying up late to finish homework, and end up sleeping in the next morning, which always results in a mad rush to get to class. Add in some overcrowded halls, and getting to class on time becomes a big-time stress factor for students.

  • Anderson reads a book all by herself in the lunchroom. Sometimes we feel lonely, even surrounded by crowds of people. Seventy percent of 18-year-olds report recurring bouts of loneliness, according to a study published in the Journal of Sociological Inquiry. Some experts say that teens need to feel a little bit of loneliness to help with points of development.

  • Anderson sits in a bathroom stall all alone. Not everyone has friends to sit with at lunch, and for some of us, the bathroom is the perfect place to hide. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, in 2016, more than one out of every five students report being bullied. However, another study showed that more than half of bullying situations (57%) stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied.

  • Anderson and Junior Carolina Chavez share a good laugh in the hallway. Having friends at school is definitely one highlight of high school life. Everyone needs support and a good laugh once in a while.