Hey friends!! Today I really want to focus on how important it is to do what you love. I think a lot of us can get lost during the school year. We can forget to make time for the things that we love because they seem less pressing than the demands of school. School tends to be more of a priority, and everything else isn't important.
But who decided it was okay to tell us that our interests aren't important?
Now high school students are pressured to take the hardest classes, have the best GPA, and the highest test scores. Unfortunately, no one really puts a focus on doing what you love. Often times that's actually the stuff that gets pushed out of the way. Maybe you have to skip practice because you have a math test the next day, or you don't give yourself enough time to read books you enjoy because you're too busy slaving over the textbooks.
It sucks that we decide to cut out the stuff we love to make room for the stuff we are told that we need to do.
This year I had to make a decision between my interests and my school work. I signed up to take AP Calculus BC and a Directed Study course. For some reason those classes are only offered during one period in the day, and unfortunately both of them happen to fall in 5th period. I had to choose between dropping Directed Study completely and keeping BC Calc or moving down into AB Calc and taking Directed Study.
I decided to stick with Directed Study. People may look at that decision and wonder why I choose to lower my level in math. Wouldn't BC Calculus look better on my transcript than AB (for those who don't know, BC is a full year of college calculus and AB is one semester.)? I choose to pick my interests over what I'm "supposed" to do, and I'd like to tell you why that was a good decision.
My dream career is to have my blog be my full time job. I hope that one day it will be able to sustain me and my family. I'm taking my year in Directed Study to work on my blog and make it the best it can be for you guys. I want to put all my energy into growing, expanding, and learning about my blog. For me, that's a much better decision for my future. I can see my future in blogging (at least more so than Calculus) and that's why I choose to take Directed Study instead of the more advanced Calculus.
I advise you to do the same. If you have the decision between doing something you're passionate about and doing something you hate, choose the passionate one. It seems like it would be an obvious choice, but sometimes it isn't. Although challenging courses are important for college, so is showing an interest in something. Choose to take more advanced classes in the subjects you love. Make enough time for the sports and hobbies that you love. Work towards being the president of your favorite club. Life is meant to be enjoyed. Make time for your passions, especially when you think you may be able to make a career out of them!! Don't waste your time in the most difficult math classes when you hate the subject and know you want to be an editor anyways.
Focus your time on the things you love. Those are the things you want to spend your life with. Obviously I'm not telling you to not study for a big test because you'd rather be doing something else. It's important to try your best in everything, but that also includes trying your best with the things you love. The things you love should carve the path for your life, so pay attention to them and cultivate your interests!! Your interests are just as important as your schoolwork, so don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
I hope this article inspires you to not lose sight of what you love. Make time for your interests. They are important and necessary. If nothing else, they at least add a little bit of fun to your day. I want to encourage you guys to keep pursuing your interests!! They are so, so, so important!!
Thank you so much for reading!! See ya later! <3