Easier Said Than Done

Nichole Landaverde, Reporter

It’s important that your home life not affect your school life. Sometimes issues at home become an excuse for not doing your schoolwork. It can be overwhelming, I know, because I did the same thing. My excuse for not focusing in school was the death of my mother.

After she passed away three years ago, my dad would ask me in the mornings if I wanted to go to school. I felt well enough but the concept of school was overwhelming, so I said no.

I believed my lies. I told myself I didn’t want to see people or convinced myself I was not hungry so I wouldn’t have to get out of bed. Looking back, it’s likely I was depressed.

The days I did attend school, I would daydream. My teachers knew why I was lacking proper focus, so they didn’t get me in trouble for not focusing.

I was not focused in school at all, and for what? Now I’m suffering the consequences. I have sophomore credits in my third year of high school. I could’ve put that aside for just six hours each day and learned something.

Many teens hold their issues and feelings inside until they build up. Yet many people would likely listen to you if you make an effort to tell them. It’s a whole different story telling, however, to tell a person what is on your mind. Its personal thoughts that you think only you are able to hear, it’s that way for a reason. But you need to break through and each out.

I don’t know what people go through, but if they have issues related to their home life, they should stay there. ‘What if I got kicked out?’ or ‘What if my parents are getting a divorce?’ Those are issues, I’m not saying they aren’t, but why bring them to school?

If you are sitting in a classroom unfocused, wandering, take a deep breath. Write out your emotions and if that doesn’t appeal to you, draw. If talking to people helps, then talk to a person in which you trust.

Think about the future. School will help you out.