Today’s topic is about facing stress from your grades. As we are nearing the end of the semester, I understand that some of you may be working really hard to raise or maintain your grades. Grades are a critical aspect of high school. However, grades don’t define you. Everyone aspires for good grades. We all want straight A’s because society tells us that those with the highest grades get into the best colleges. This isn’t true. You don’t need to be the all-star student to have a bright future. As long as you are putting effort into your work and are doing the best you can, it’s okay if you end up with a B in a few classes or even a C. High school is difficult, and with having to balance your academics and social lives, it’s not always feasible to end up with an A. It’s not worth damaging your mental health over a simple letter. I know I’m repeating myself, but grades don’t define you. If you’re feeling stressed about your grades, I recommend talking to your teachers about it. They may be able to help you with homework or assign some extra credit to boost your grade. Make sure to take breaks in between studying and focus on one subject at a time. Also, spend more time on the subject in which your grade is borderline in. For example, if you have a 89% in math, focus on doing well enough on the next exam or assignment to bring your grade up to a roundable grade or an A instead of worrying about the class you have an 86% in. In the end, if your don’t get the grades you were hoping for, it’s okay. It happens to the best of us.
Next post is about feeling lost or confused about your future college plans.