In the Eyes of a Student

Things teachers and others might not realize about high schoolers.


Students. Not just any student, high school- a time where most adults look back and say, “The best times of my life”. Although when people look at the generation we’re in now, times have changed drastically in technology, style, and, well, everything.

At Rocklin High, each student’s lives are related for sure in one way: each have heavy weights of stress on their shoulders. Eight classes, over an hour of each class, managing the homework loads, projects, and most importantly, the time out of the classroom.

The reality is, when a student comes home from school, a break is almost necessary. There are some special people in the world that will immediately get to work on homework, but the most need a small breather before they jump right back into two more hours of school and dig into their brains to recall what they learned that day.

Balancing that with a healthy sleep schedule, moderate time on the growing “importance” of social medias and keeping up with celebrity incidents can be hard. Everyone knows that feeling of not wanting to do something, but having to do it. So, a solution thought for most people is, “I’ll do it, but after this”. And the specific “this” becomes many different things.

Stacking on that, a high school student experiences violence, frustration and stress, sex, work, love, and expectations. Those added up together aren’t a healthy mix. Whether the topics come from their own lives or someone else’s, they can impact us the same.

“After this” can mean after they deal with somebody else’s drama, after they nap, after they eat, after almost anything one can think of. Sometimes this means laying on the bed doing nothing only because they know there’s something due the next day.

As a student, word heard is the blaming of teachers: for almost everything. Any student at Rocklin has probably heard, “Oh everyone hates this teacher, they suck”, or something along those lines, when really, no, they don’t hate them.

Those words aren’t necessary, but they usually trail down to how much attention the individual pays to the class and how many assignments they give out, and how long students have to do them.

Again, time management comes into play. Most of the time, a reasonable amount of time is given to finish an assignment, but what teachers don’t seem to understand well is that everyone has a different amount of things they’re working on and sometimes it’s easy to forget even small assignments because it’s easy to push them off to finish the larger ones.

If that isn’t the case and the student simply didn’t do it, those words can come from embarrassment from not finishing while their peers had or if they’d been called out from something wrong they did during class.

The story is, high school teenagers are too ahead of themselves. Sometimes it’s almost impossible to get every single thing done, and that’s okay. Sometimes brains are pushed a little too far, and that’s okay, too. Everything in moderation is an important thing to follow, no one is in tip top shape all the time physically, mentally, or with education, and that’s something everyone needs to grasp and understand.