The Joys and Hardships of High School

Spring Break

By Shelby Pennock


One of my favorite weeks of the year is Spring Break. Although I have returned from my trip, I am still in awe of the blessing that the break really is.

Before my trip, this year more than any other year since I’ve been in high school, I was starting to lose motivation to give 100 percent in all that I was doing. It was becoming a growing struggle to focus and do all of my schoolwork without complaining or dreading it. The one thing that I kept saying was, “I can’t wait for spring break.” Now that it is over, I am not sad or dreading school and there are a few reasons for this.

Spring break is located at a very good time. There are many things that make me say this. But the main two are 1.) everyone is waiting for summer to come and 2.) it is between the last two quarters of the school year. These two things go hand in hand, because every student wants school to come to a finish since it is so close.

Coming back from spring break this year, I only have seven weeks left because I am a senior. I’m really excited to end this chapter of my life. But I’m also realizing that it is a good time in my life and I am enjoying every moment of it. I could not have said that same thing two weeks ago, the main reason being I was so bored with my schoolwork.

Now that I know how close I really am to finishing, I have a new sense of motivation. Without the break, I most likely would’ve continued to give less than my best effort. I believe that having Spring Break the week that they do gives all students, regardless of their grade level, a renewed work ethic to finish out the year strong.

This year, I was lucky enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and experience a new culture along with relaxing and rejuvenating. One of the major things I’ve gained from traveling to new and different places is a respect for the way others live their lives.

It was amazing to experience the culture in Mexico. The people’s way of life differs greatly from mine and the majority of people that live in the United States. One of the most striking things I experienced was people trying to sell items on the beach. It was shocking to see how every single day, they just walked up and down the beach hundreds of times. I know it doesn’t sound like it is a hard or even a bad way of living, but it gave me a new perspective. Personally, I would not enjoy that job, but so many people there provide for their families in that way.

Relaxation and rejuvenation were the two things I was most thankful to get out of my vacation. It is so nice to get rest and just get some downtime. The past few months have been very stressful and it was good to forget about everything for a week.

My hope for everyone reading this is that you remember the importance of taking breaks, but also focusing on your job or school.

Shelby Pennock is a senior at Pinedale High School and is helping out at the Roundup this year.


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