Learning responsibility in high school

Joel Tinseth

n some ways, high school is a lot like using a rogue and unkempt porta potty at a county fair—you go in one way, and come out completely differently, for better or for worse. What determines your success is how you manage yourself while inside. High school is the same way. It’s a time for changes to be made.

Some people find a subject they like and begin studying it. For some, it’s more about making friends and memories that will last a lifetime. No matter who you are though, it is absolutely essential to develop a sense of responsibility. We all need to learn to take care of ourselves, learn to take responsibility for our actions, and learn to manage our own lives.

The first year of high school is by far the most eye-opening. We’re thrown into a mix of new students, teachers, and classes. This set of challenges requires a new approach, and a new way of thinking. It’s time to take steps towards becoming independent.

I’m not saying that we have to be totally independent, but it is time to take charge and begin preparing for the rest of our lives. Sitting around and letting your parents manage your life is very comforting, and at times can seem like the best option, but in the long run, it is important to take responsibility for yourself.

We all (unfortunately) know that person who brags about his car, access to money, house size, and many other things. Even the laziest, most unmotivated people can receive gifts from their parents. If they don’t learn responsibility, these people will be calling you boss someday—if they are even employed at all.

Letting your parents manage your life will not prepare you for a world that waits for nobody.

So why not take advantage of the slow integration into society that high school provides? Try new things while it’s still possible. Go take an interesting and hard class, join a sports team, get a job, or whatever else you would like to do.

Regardless of what you choose to do, take command and do it for yourself.