Lately my life has been furnished with many commitments, which, though only gradually building, are still pretty overwhelming for a seventeen year old! And it’s not just me who’s been snowed under; my friends, family, teachers, most people, I think, feel the weight of new dedications at this point in the year.
Christmas preparations once ‘danced in our heads’ like ‘visions of sugarplums’; personal statements and university applications consume us for what seem like hours; new year’s resolutions embody our hopes for the future. The strength of friendship between us and others bearing these changes has to withstand a lot. Though specific conditions facilitate a good work ethic, peace and quiet or music amongst the foremost for me, the presence of my friends, all individually immersed in their own tasks, really does enhance my mindset. It reassures me that we’re all in the same boat, that I’m not alone, and neither are they. I feel like our mentality, something we need to be mindful of as busy students, is something that can be more fragile when we’re overcome by school stress, and lost amongst romance, pastimes, jobs and our other commitments. It can become neglected amongst the other things that demand our attention, but because I can rely on my friends as a source of patience and comfort, mentality can be more easily addressed and kept at an optimum.
When the obstacle of our exams has been conquered, it will make the achievement more fulfilling, like something we’ve collectively achieved! I feel immeasurable amounts of pride for my friends and what they’ve overcome so far: without school, which we can easily blame as the root of our stress, we would be devoid of the foundation on which most friendships are built, and which continues to support them.