Homework and Stress
The majority of pre-collegiettes cited the stress of homework as their least favorite part of high school. After six-plus hours of school, the last thing most people want to do is come home to a pile of homework – but that's exactly the way it goes in high school.
“What I hate the most about high school is that it follows you home. When you have a job, you may work all day, but once you get home – you're home and free. As high school students, we work all day (just like a job), but when we come home, we're not free - no, we have piles of homework to do. High school is all-consuming, 24 hours a day. Really, is there no escape?” – Elizabeth, senior at Viewmont High School in Bountiful, UT
“I hate the pressure that surrounds me all the time. I constantly feel the pressure of getting into a good school, being perfect and pristine, maintaining good grades and SAT scores and having me time too.” – Hannah, junior at Strawberry Crest High School in Dover, FL
Lack of Freedom
While freshmen may appreciate having more freedom than they did in middle school, that sense of relief wears off by the time students hit senior year. With the promise of college and all its freedoms just months ahead, it's tough for seniors to enjoy strict rules during their final months of high school.
“My least favorite part about being in high school is how strict the dress code rules are. I have a uniform, and I'm constantly targeted for skirt length or other infractions. I really wish they'd move on and deal with someone else rather than always giving demerits to me. I've been in the system for 8 years... Consider me a lost cause!” – McLaren, senior at Christian High School in El Cajon, CA
“My least favorite part about high school is being treated like a child. Not being allowed in the hallway without a pass has really gotten old!” – Rebecca, senior at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School in New Bedford, MA
The Social Scene
Another major source of stress in high school comes from the social scene. High school is stressful enough without the added drama of rumors, bullying, and cliques. If you've ever felt like your day is straight out of Mean Girls (Burn Book, anyone?), you can relate!
“[My least favorite part of high school] are the cliques. It's almost like if you're in one group of students or in certain classes, you're forbidden to be in another. It's hard to break these social barriers at my schools, but that doesn't stop me from being friendly to everyone.” – Robin, senior at Yosemite High School in Oakhurst, CA
“[I don't like] the everyday drama that people create. It's absolutely stupid!” – Victoria, junior at Paris High School in Paris, TX
Getting up at 6am sucks. Period.
“My least favorite thing about high school is definitely the early mornings.” – Eleanor, sophomore at State College Area High School in State College, PA
“My least favorite part about high school is waking up early. It's so hard to concentrate at 8am when you should be sleeping!” – Hannah, senior at Lakeshore Catholic High School in Port Colborne, Ontario
What's your favorite part of high school? Least favorite? Tell us in the comments below!