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Shelby Simpkins

I remember walking into school one morning and realizing my best friend and I weren’t friends anymore.

Then, I walked into my classroom and had a test. Days later, I realized I didn’t pass. And recently, I’ve had to sit through multiple end-of-semester tests for my sophomore year of high school.

Thinking about doing this for the next two years of my life certainly stresses me out — and I’m not the only one. Stress is a problem for many high-school students.

Balancing schoolwork with classes and other obligations can be tough.

It’s easy for a student to get panicked when assignments pile up, leaving the student unsure of how to keep up, especially when some teachers hand out days’ worth of work just for one class period.

Some teachers are more lean with their workloads, but some are brutal.

And, having bad grades at the end of the school year isn’t something any student wants.

Like 11 percent of kids ages 4 to 17 across the country, I struggle with attention- deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

I went through a time when my ADHD symptoms were bad, and I couldn’t focus on the instructions I was being given. It’s a difficult thing to deal with, especially when you’re a teen.

Add anxiety on top of that, and it surely doesn’t help my case.

What I’ve learned to do is to keep working hard to get through it all. Follow your dreams, keep looking for a solution, and if that means having a few days here and there to yourself, take those days.

But never stop believing in yourself.

I think kids in high school, and children in general, should always persevere and never give up on themselves or their work.If you find out you love doing something, keep doing that thing.

Never stop doing what makes you happy and stress-free.

Students who suffer from disorders like ADHD or anxiety can have a rough time in school if their problems are not being treated correctly, and some students don’t know how to get help.

I think students with learning disorders should get extra help in school. The good thing is, most schools already offer this, but some teachers don’t always cooperate, making it harder for some kids to learn.

I’m writing this for all the kids who never got noticed in school, who are always struggling to get their grades up or to manage problems at home. It’s to all the kids who feel like they can’t do it, or if they do it, it won’t matter.

To all of those struggling through high school, reading this now: You are extraordinary.

You have done things — amazing things — that some people can’t do or will never even attempt to do. You made it through the stress and the bullies.

In the end, you made it — and so will I.

— Simpkins, a student at University High School in Orange City, is an intern with The West Volusia Beacon.