Stress, stress, and even more stress. A one word summary of the dilemma I have been facing and striving to solve. All I could think this summer was what AP’s and courses to take in junior year. There are many factors that could alter my selection of courses, such as will my course rigor stand out to universities I want to apply to? Should I take the same courses as my friends? Should I just take the courses I want to take? Should I make my junior year chill or stressful? These were just a part of the cluster of questions I had when considering what courses to take this year. This is a problem that emerged from the very pressure society imposes on their students. Haunting students all over the world from the day they entered high school. The choice between planning a fun or stressful year can sometimes seem to some as an obvious and easy choice, but being raised by strict, Asian parents, my judgment seems to be clouded. My parents seem to live in a fantasy world where getting good grades and getting in a good university is the main goal in life. Therefore, if I were to make junior year as perfect and college-appealing as possible, I would have to take many AP’s and hard courses. However, if it came down to me, all I would want to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy my high school career with my peers. Everyone only has one chance and one life gifted to them, so we should cherish the memories we would have as young teenagers rather than burrowing our faces in books. Should I live for the future or live in the present?