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Discus: High School Life and Pre-college Issues: May, 2003 and Earlier Archive: Help!
By bf probs on Monday, January 20, 2003 - 12:34 pm: Edit

i always used to do so well in school, and even now i have over a 96 average. but i'm having boyfriend problems and i've been very upset lately and im scared that im not going to be able to concentrate in class and that my grades are going to go down. any suggestions?

By Thedad (Thedad) on Monday, January 20, 2003 - 02:36 pm: Edit

None that are helpful, I'm afraid. bf/gf problems are a fact of life, along with other aspects of raging hormones. _Most_ adults learn to leave their personal problems at home when they go to work. It's a lot harder for adolescents who are still getting the hang of who they are and how stuff works and the lack of experience makes everything MAGNIFIED IN IMPORTANCE, even if it's non-trivial in the first place.

Consider this an unfortunate extra test you have to take: colleges expect people to overcome negative life experiences...unfortunately, yours--while painful--doesn't even merit mention in an essay on the plus side.

Remember that this, like a kidney stone, will eventually pass.

Good luck.

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