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How can high school seniors stay balanced?
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The month of March is the most stressful time for high school seniors. The in-head to-do list seems never-ending.

It includes college admissions, scholarships, jobs, everyday high school work, as well as trying to keep a decent amount of your social life. A couple of seniors had a few tips and tricks to ease the minds of their fellow seniors.

Senior Amanda Rockenbach told Young Edge, “Time management is critical. At this point in the game, the way you manage your time can easily make or break you.”

Rockenbach believes social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat are huge distractions. “Putting the phone down for an hour to complete an essay for a scholarship is much more important than the trending topic on Twitter, or how many views a video got on Instagram.”

Some seniors are taking the more practical approach as they prepare for college in the fall.

April Holmes, a senior in metro Atlanta schools, told Young Edge she is trying to become more independent this year. She said, “I try to do my own laundry at home now, and my mother is teaching me how to make some of my favorite meals she cooks about once a week. In a few short months I’ll be in Detroit all by myself, and I’ll have to know how to survive on my own.”

Holmes made it a point to share with Young Edge the importance of enjoying the final year of high school but still slowly coming out of the childhood comfort zone.

In August 2016 she will be attending University of Detroit Mercer.

Pressure is placed on high school seniors as they pick and choose what is truly important and what can wait.

Senior adviser Kim Satterfield at Flowery Branch High tells her seniors to “not forget high school is still in session. You cannot be so focused on college that you forget about the assignments that are due each day as a senior.”

With years of experience under her belt, Satterfield, head girls golf coach and former assistant girls basketball coach, recognizes the everyday struggles of a high school senior striving for higher education.

What may seem like the most stressful time of our lives is only the start of the journey we all are about to take on. Young Edge’s best advice is take things one day at a time. We are all only human and still need time to relax and enjoy life.

With graduation in the near future and adulthood around the corner, it is time for the Class of 2016 to rise up and face the “real world.”

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