“Don’t let fear stop you from achieving what you want,” says the President and founder at Metaphrasis Language & Cultural Solutions LLC, Elizabeth Colon. This advice has been given to me multiple times as I wrestled with mental health. Anxiety in our youth is becoming a more common thing to see in America however knowing how to cope with anxiety is not often taught but has to be figured out.
As many students become excited for their first year in high school, it was difficult for me to relate as anxiety began to creep into my life for the first time. I began to question my abilities, if I was even capable of continuing on after high school when I was barely capable of getting through the easiest year of the next 4 of my life. However, Colon’s …show more content…
It has been a growing journey that I am sure that many students have gone through. Perseverance has become my best friend in making it this far. I take pride on being in the top ten in my class, in being chosen by my principal to be part of the student advisory council in my school district, to be a leader in my school’s music program, in being president of the ambassadors of my school’s magnet program, and being accepted into the 2016 Youth Leadership Institute. It is without a doubt that I am going to be overcoming my mental health. Fear now has an off switch in my …show more content…
Whether I get accepted or not, applying is the first step. Flicking the fear switch to OFF is imperative this year as I choose the path I absolutely aspire for. Getting a degree in chemical engineering is what I’ve wanted since the 6th grade. The difficulty in receiving a degree in that major will not make me look for an easier path to take; overcoming a challenge has always been a part of me. My best friend perseverance is coming with me no matter where I go, fear will not decide what I achieve- I
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Riding a unicycle is probably pretty interesting. I originally wanted my parents to get me a pogo stick for christmas because they never got me one when i was little, but they couldn’t find an adult sized one in their budget. So they figured something else that is equally strange would suffice, and it really seemed to fit my personality.The reason I started my essay with a reference to my unicycle is because it shows some good aspects of my character. Since riding a unicycle took multiple months for me to master, it shows that I am persistent, even if I fall a few times. Though riding a unicycle is interesting and fun, it’s not my main priority. I’m extremely passionate for film and theatre, and there are a few things about me that really do a fantastic job at getting me ready for a career in acting.
August 15, 2013 was the date that I entered high school. I had high hopes for the upcoming high school years to be my best years ever since I was in sixth grade. I expected that I can make more friends, join more club activities, and can choose classes that I really like. Although I was very enthusiastic and eager to start the all new school years, I also had a lot of worries and confusion about it also. The night before I start my freshmen year, the thoughts of failing classes, and be able to graduate high school kept
Overcoming my timidness may not seem like such an important deed, but when I look back, I recognize how much it held me back. The fear of speaking up crippled me and caused me to be unable to speak my mind. The black hole that consumed my life was my own insecurity. I started my first year of high school perfectly content living without a voice, as long as I was not the center of attention, I was at peace. During my junior year, I decided that it was finally time to face my challenge head on. I did the one thing that scared me most, I ran for treasurer for both the senior class and National Honors Society. At the time I made the decision, I knew that an important part of being an officer was speaking in front of my peers and teachers. I made
Social anxiety is something I have always had although I did not always know what it was. I thought it was only something that those living under a rock and had never seen people had. I now know that anyone can have it. When I was a little kid, people would tell me what beautiful features I have and I would be so shy and self-conscious that I would hide behind my parents. My parents thought I was just shy but that was only part of it. I have failed many times and wasted many opportunities to expose myself to my anxiety and maybe even overcome it. Although I have always had social anxiety it only escalates the older I get. There was a time where I did not want to face my fears. I was told by not only my mom but many others that I would become agoraphobic. I never tried to get better. Ignoring “the monster” as I call
Anxiety disorders are not the only people who experience anxiety; in fact, everyone feels it every day or experiences one. Anxiety is what you feel before an important test or before you get married the next day. Anxiety is the source of excitement and it is the butterflies in your stomach. Depending on how you interpret this feeling, it can be a good feeling or your worst enemy.
When I was, younger I had bad anxiety, it was like a pit in my stomach and that something bad was going to happen all the time. It started about the time I started kindergarten I would get so nervous before school it felt like my stomach was going to explode. I would throw up in the car on the way to school and I would cry so much before school. I ended being homeschooled for the rest of kindergarten and it was better, but when I had to go to first grade it got worse. I was throwing up every day and crying and begging my mom not to take me too school because I felt so bad it’s hard to explain. I was afraid that while I was at school my mom was going to get in a car crash and not be able to pick me up or something bad was
My high school years, unlike the past years of steady achievements, felt much more like a sine graph with ups and downs. To begin with, I conquered my freshman year in a breeze. My easily achievable classes not only earned myself confidence, but also admiration and respect from my classmates and teachers. As a result, I comfortably acclimated myself to the status of a star student.
Walking into school on my first day of high school, I felt out of place. My face covered in acne, my teeth covered in braces, and the callicks in my hair stuck up through the abnormally thick layer of hair gel that coated them. My middle school social anxiety still ruled over me as I could barely speak with any member of the opposite sex. Yet, I still had an odd confidence about me. I had always been one of the best students in my class, even without ever studying for a test. I viewed high school as a slight uptick from the curriculum I had easily passed in middle school. I was wrong. High school exists as a microcosm of society, in which I originally failed to acclimate myself to the challenges posed to me in a setting of increased
On August 24, 2015, I started high school. With an uncertain future ahead of me, I entered the school with a mindset towards greatness. At first, I was sad about starting high school because it meant I was getting closer to becoming an adult, but now I am just scared of not being at the top of my class, not getting into my choice universities/colleges, and not getting really high scores on my SAT/ACT, PSAT, and AP exams. I still
“When you start living the life of your dreams, there will always be obstacles, doubters, mistakes and setbacks along the way. But with hard work, perseverance and self-determination there is no limit to what you can achieve.” Roy T. Bennett’s wise words have forever shaped the way I take hold of my future. We all will face obstacles in life, but what matters most are the lessons learned and the strength we attain from them. The toughest trial I have had to overcome, and still struggle with daily, has been my anxiety. Anxiety has played a key role in the development of my personal and academic life, shaping me to be the industrious and dedicated woman I am today.
What is Anxiety? As defined by Understanding Psychology by Glencoe, Anxiety is a general state of dread or uneasiness that a person feels in response to a real or imagined danger. Anxiety affects 19 million Americans annually and anxiety disorder happens to be the most common mental illness in America. There are many different types of anxiety disorder such as: Panic Disorder, Obsessive – Compulsion Disorder, Phobias, and a few more. Although there is no cure for anxiety disorders, there are treatments to reduce symptoms.
We are high school students and that means that the sense of urgency to strive for and to achieve personal success is now. With this urgency comes the expectation of having to persevere. This year has not been as easy one for us as a school body. We have been
An individual that has strives to live with anxiety or an anxiety disorder faces many struggles daily because of the feelings the conditions stimulate. There are an infinite amount of symptoms, causes, and consequences, but an equal amount of treatment options and ways to handle anxiety. Anxiety disorders can be viewed as general or extremely specific, but all in all each one affects the life of a person living with one or knowing someone who struggles with it. In regards to teenagers specifically, between three and five percent children and adolescents in the United States have some sort of anxiety disorder (Foa and Andrews 2). With the many challenges teenagers already face because of pressure based on school, athletics, social
Throughout my educational experience, I have endured countless hardships that made progress difficult at times. Although it was a struggle through my strong dedication to education, I have also earned a list of achievements for my hard work. These experiences from, failing two of my English classes, to excelling tremendously in mathematics, have molded me into the type of student I am today. I am a student with a growth mindset and, an optimistic outlook on education and, the bright future ahead. I now understand the impact that a positive mindset can have on your future. I am definitely proud of the student I have become. I feel like my journey is unique, but is also very relatable.
It was 2016, and I was finally a senior in high school. Being a senior in high school was something that I had dreamed of since my early middle school days, and at last, I was there. It was the last year in one of my least favorite environments, and I couldn’t wait to graduate and move away from the only place I had ever known. I had lived in the same town for seventeen years, and I had gone to the same school with the same people for thirteen years. I was looking forward to something new in my life. I was most excited for my senior year because it was the year that I was going to choose where I wanted to move away to and what school I wanted to spend the next four years of my life at. As the year moved along, I slowly realized that I wasn’t moving away and that I’d be staying home to attend college, which was one of the most difficult decisions that I ever had to make.