High School Is The Best Time Of Your Life

High School Is The Best Time Of Your Life

Oh, how I miss spending my hours studying subjects that had absolutely no interest to me.
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I remember how naive I was in high school. I yearned for the future to come as quickly as possible and fantasized about the amazing life I would make for myself. Dreams were big, hopes were high, and I was blissfully unaware of the dark reality that follows our primary education.

Adults would scold me every time I complained about high school. "High school is the best years of your life," they would insist. "Eventually you'll realize how much you miss these times," they would scold.

Little did I know, they were right. After a mere two years of college, I have already come to the understanding that high school truly was the best time of my life.

I took for granted the life I had in high school. If only I appreciated the incessant hours of studying and homework that consumed my time. Perhaps I shouldn't have wasted it preparing for college and my future but spent it enjoying every moment instead. So what if I didn't get accepted into good universities and get scholarships? Was that really worth the sacrifice of wasting away the best years of my life? The answer is a certain "no."

You might be wondering what exactly makes my life now so bad and why I don't see it getting any better in the years to come. The reasons are endless, but all revolve around a central concept that adults warned me of long ago: responsibility.

I shudder every time I hear that word. Although I thought that I learned the weight of responsibility in high school, I was wrong. Now, in college, I have so much more to worry about. I have to remember to set an alarm to wake up, go to class, feed myself, and buy what I need from the store all by myself. Nope, no more parents around 24/7. How have I been surviving?

Oh, I haven't gotten to the worst part yet: I have to work to earn money. Yep, no more summer breaks-- I've been working my summer away with two jobs. Working jobs that relate to my career goals and that I truly enjoy is an absolute struggle. I can't even imagine spending the rest of my life doing that. If only I could go back to studying subjects that have just about no interest to me!

To those of you who warned me of what was ahead, I want to thank you. While your words were truly depressing and almost drained me of hope for the future, I should have known that you were right. Maybe I would have been more prepared for what was to come. The bountiful opportunities that are coming my way in college and the chances to meet so many amazing new people are just too much to handle.

On the other hand, to those of you who told me that things will get better, I wonder why you felt the need to lie to me. I know you thought that you were helping, and your words did comfort me at the time, but now I realize how false they were.

None of my friends are thriving in early adulthood. Not all of them are miserable, but even though they are finally studying what interests them and working toward the life they always dreamed of, surely they would all agree that nothing beats high school. So lastly, to all you high school kids out there, treasure each and every minute of these days, and don't expect anything better to come.

Cover Image Credit: Petya McNeal

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How Can We Be More Clutch?

Look back on past events in your life where you were resilient, where you did succeed in high pressure and high stakes situations. What did you do then? What can you learn from it now?

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Each of us, deep in our souls, has the gift of clutch. Look no further than the last time you had a paper due in less than an hour with more than two pages to write, and you were able to finish the paper (surely with phenomenal outcomes). That's what you were in that moment: clutch. Clutch as an adjective is defined as being "dependable in critical situations."

Jeff Wise, the author of Extreme Fear , a book about performance in moments of high pressure and danger, said that "there's no question that when pressure is intense, skilled performance are able to tap abilities that are otherwise kept in reserve." I'm sure myself and many of my peers, with final exams and papers on the near horizon, would like to tap into our deep-seated reserves of clutch to lift our grades.

Some believe that the idea of being clutch is a myth, that it is just a statistical anomaly that perhaps we notice it more when people succeed seemingly impossibly in high-pressure situations. According to Wise, to some extent, clutch is a myth - but it is only a myth for those that are not experts in their fields. Professional athletes are the best of the best in their respective sports, and in that context, clutch is not a myth. The truth behind clutch performances is that those we see as "clutch performers" have " a rich store of past experience, organized into a deep intuitive understanding.'

In Dr. Mark Otten's sports psychology lab, the researchers concluded that we can all be clutch, "provided [we're] in the right mental state." Those in high-pressure situations need to feel like they're in control, as those who felt like they were in control were the most likely to succeed under pressure. Obviously, confidence also helps. So those who feel confident and in control are the most likely to succeed in clutch situations.

I do not, however, find the psychological explanations of clutch performance satisfying. To me, clutch performance is not just a psychological phenomenon, but an art, and to me, an art is something that can never be adequately explained, but instead interpreted. There is no one-size-fit-all explanation, and so I will interpret the two most clutch plays in my favorite professional sport, the NBA. Both these plays took place in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.

The two plays are as follows: Lebron James's game-saving block on Andre Iguodala's open layup out of nowhere, and Kyrie Irving's game-winning three pointer.

One thing is clear: the last two minutes of the game were absolute chaos. By this point in the series, both teams had been worn out and absolutely exhausted. The plays were nothing short of miraculous, as Lebron James was located at half-court while Iguodala was at the free throw line, and Irving's shot was heavily contested. When the stakes were highest, the two players succeeded and thrived. While neither team had scored in more than five minutes, the two players pulled through and won a championship for their team, on the road.

Clutch, for the, constituted not cracking under pressure, but thriving under it. The two of them have faces of laser focus indicating their confidence and sense of control in their situations. That is clutch. The game comes naturally to them, and it seems like they stop thinking as hard and just let it come. The two players slow down, and don't freak out. However, I don't know what is actually going on. in their heads. I am merely speculating, and I will never know unless I'm able to sit down and talk to Kyrie and LeBron one day.

I want to take a lesson from LeBron and Kyrie, too, and learn how I can become more clutch in a phase of high-pressure exams and papers. I want to be more clutch in job interviews, in times I'm usually afflicted with overwhelming anxiety, or in social situations that are incredibly awkward.

So to be clutch in our own lives, the formula in high-pressure seems to be this: feel more confident and in control. Slow down and let things come naturally. I have been able to reach these phases using a mantra that taught me to allow life to come naturally: "no surge." I am not saying the formula or even the mantra works for everyone, but it is a mantra that has worked for me given its emotional and historical significance in my life.

Approaching finals, deadlines at work, or difficult life events, find what works for you. Find out how to be clutch your own way, which is much easier said than done, but I don't need to be telling you how to do things you know best yourself. Look back on past events in your life where you were resilient, where you did succeed in high pressure and high stakes situations. What did you do then? What can you learn from it now?

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