Have you ever heard your parents say,” When I was a kid, school was much more difficult than it is today?” Of course you have. Parents always think that high schoolers “have it easy” and all teens ever do is hangout with friends. In their minds, after the bell rings at 3:00 PM, kids go straight to Starbucks to get their usual caramel frappachinos or go straight home only to watch the new episode of Pretty Little Liars or to play the next level of Halo. Parents believe when high schoolers are studying, they actually just go to the library to talk their usual group of friends. Then, parents give teens a huge pep talk and that one look of disappointment, and from that moment on, we all know that it’s over; no cell phones or computers for a week. “It must be nice to have nothing to worry about” says almost every parent.  But really, it’s not like that at all.

Actually, kids don’t hangout every single day of the week. We make sure to put time and effort into our schoolwork, but parents never seem to understand that fact. In fact, most of the high schoolers I know care about their grades in school. As a sophomore, I’ve figured out that homework does take a lot of time, effort, and sometimes discipline. For example, midterm week requires students to make themselves inseparable from their textbooks and forces us to study almost six chapters in every subject. Last year during midterm week, I had a chance to go to my friend’s house for a sleepover. All of my friends were going to be there, but I knew midterms were more important to me, so I didn't go. Parents may not be aware of the fact that students actually have to make sacrifices in their social lives and extracurricular activities. I wish that parents could realize that it takes patience, responsibility, and sacrifices in order to do well in school.