Advising by Linda Contreras

The school year is rapidly coming to an end, and it’s a time where you reflect upon what you did, what you didn’t do, memories, mistakes, and accomplishments. Throughout my junior year I’ve adopted a lot of knowledge that I feel can help someone who struggles like me, because we all have a mask that we put on when we’re out in the world and it feels nice to know there’s someone that can relate.

My junior year especially I found a quote that's a favorite of mine and it is "And I knew exactly what to do. But in a much more real sense, I had no idea what to do." This quote is said by Michael Scott from the Office which is one reason why it's one of my favorites but the main reason is because it's super true to who I am. Most of the time, if not all the time, I am simply pretending as I have my life and self put together but in reality I have no idea what I am doing. My sophomore year I took 7 classes with 2 AP's, junior year I took 7 classes with 4 AP's, and senior year I'm taking 6 classes with 5 AP's. I'm in leadership where I stay after school for hours a week, I have my goals, and I’ve had the amazing opportunity and privilege of being an intern for #ICanHelp and at another business. However, despite everything that I am doing and everything that I am portraying I am, I still extremely procrastinate and know that I can be doing so much more and so much better and I know what I need to do to be better but in reality I have no sense of what to do.

Since the school year is ending, a piece of advice I would give to an incoming high school student or any high school student is actually an equation. Lack of sleep plus excessive amounts of caffeine does not equal good results. Although I sound like a hypocrite saying this, it's mostly because I don't want people to fall into the same cycle or trap I fell into. As high schoolers we think that staying up late to study for a test then showing up the next morning with a venti iced coffee from Starbucks is cool and a trend. However, staying up late to study, as learned in psychology, isn't helpful at all. And something that I had to learn the hard way is that there is such a thing as too much caffeine and the two things do not mix well at all whatsoever. You become so tolerant to caffeine that you're just a tired pale mess with too fast of a heartbeat.

Take what you’ve learned and apply it into the upcoming year and you’ll realize how much better and put together you will actually feel.

Triveni Patel