One of the hardest things to do throughout high school is finding the strength to hold on to one’s values. High school is supposed to be a time of self-discovery and a time that is free to explore one’s own personal beliefs. However, high school is simply not an easy time for this amount of self-discovery to occur, especially with academic and social pressures.
As the daughter of a pastor and a psychologist, I believed that I wholeheartedly knew what my own values and beliefs were going into high school. I had made a vow to myself that alcohol and drugs would not be a temptation and I believed that my beliefs were strong enough to never doubt or question my defiance of alcohol. However, it was simply not that easy. I thought that throughout my high school experience, the ability to avoid drugs and alcohol would only strengthen by surrounding myself with the right people and simply never putting myself in a risky situation. Although high school is a time for self-discovery, for most people, it is also a time of experimentation. Everything is new and the world seems to be ours, which will often get us into trouble.