A world of thoughts

“Think, think, think” is a phrase often uttered by the renowned children’s book character Winnie the Pooh before he faces a puzzling predicament.

And although Winnie the Pooh’s problems may differ from my own, “think, think, think” has been thought a hundred times over in my head as I am forced to face the notorious responsibilities of junior year. As I write this column onboard a packed yellow school bus en route to Hartford for a cross-country meet I can’t help but wonder how I will ever finish the gargantuan amount of work that constantly plagues me.

This ever-present anxiety that lurks in my subconscious abides for a small portion of the day but reveals itself every night as I stare hunched over at the plethora of assignments in front of me. The thoughts begin churning maliciously in my nervous brain and the anxiety grows in my chest as my eyes dart back and forth between assignments.

So, here’s where I take advice from my favorite childhood bear and simply take a deep breath, scratch my head and tell myself to “think, think, think.”

And so I do. I think and think and discover the intricate world of calculus or the infinitely small realm of biological cells. I place myself in Hester Prynne’s mind as I absorb the repression of women in The Scarlet Letter or the Puritan society of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and somehow the stress begins to melt away.

This motto “think, think, think” has helped me through the first two months of the infamously overwhelming third year of high school.

Oh junior year, the year of APs, SATs, driver ed and an excessive workload. I heard the rumors growing up of how the workload would crush me and that junior year would be a test of endurance. They stayed in my mind all summer as Sept. 2 (the first day of school) grew closer. I knew each day of fun in the summer sun would come to an end and I would be forced to face this beastly year.

But the thing I did not learn from these spiteful rumors is that although junior year is challenging (and yes it certainly is) it is nowhere near impossible.

The world of a high school junior is chaotic, I won’t deny that, but it also offers the opportunity for growth. Hard decisions are imposed on these not-yet-seniors every day, yet I am proud to be called one of them. Because it is making these hard decisions that helps lead to growth academically as well as personally.

I may be a bit frightened about the school year ahead for me, but I am also excited to embrace the new knowledge and opportunities that are offered to me.

I will take this knowledge piece by piece and “think, think, think” through every problem and every task that I must do just as Winnie the Pooh has countless times before.

Katherine Nail is a junior at Convent of the Sacred Heart.

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