For the last 2 years, I was very unhappy with the situation I was in. I really didn’t like my school and it was bad for my mental health. Then I decided that it was time to change something about my life. Here is the story about how I stepped out of my comfort zone.
After I did my exchange year in Boston in America, it was a shock for me to come back to the school in Switzerland. In America, I didn’t do anything for school and I wasn’t used to studying anymore.
My new school was really strict and before any holiday, we sometimes had 5 to 6 big exams per week. It was very stressful and I was studying sooo much, I wasn’t able to take time for myself anymore.
I completely ignored my feelings and how stressful this situation actually was, I just kept going. After some time I realized that this wasn’t good for me and I started developing bad habits.
I asked some of my friends if they felt the same way and almost everybody agreed. I went up to one of my teachers and told her that many people are unwell because of the pressure we feel. My teacher told me that she sees this in the same way and asked what she can do for us.
We told her that the amount of exams is too much and we need our free time to take care of ourselves and to do things we love. She agreed and helped us set up a meeting with our whole class. A person came who wanted to teach us how to set up our free time, so we have enough time to study.
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But that wasn’t what we actually needed.
I told several other teachers about this problem and that it’s not good for our well being, but nothing really changed. We still all felt the pressure and had something like burnouts from school.
Then corona started and we all had online classes. We had a lot more time for the things we love doing and to reflect on the last 1.5 years in that school. I was thinking about it a lot and I thought: there is just some aspect of this school, that I don’t like, and that I don’t support.
My first option was to stay in this school for two more years or I could change school. I didn’t know what to do because on one side, I was like: ugh I don’t want to have to do everything over again, find new friends, get to know the teachers and the school. I know the whole school and how the system workes
But on the other side, I was, like: It could be so much better in the new school and if I don’t try I will never know. So I decided to change my school and this was my first week of school. And honestly, until now I think it was one of the best decisions I made in my life.
Of course it was a discomfort to start a new school. I didn’t know anybody, I didn’t know any teachers nor the school.
But honestly, that’s exactly what we need sometimes.
You can only grow as a person when you leave your comfort zone.
I just wanted to say that whenever you are unhappy with something in your life, you always have a choice to change something. I know it seems easy right now but I know that it’s connected with a lot of work.
But trust me, it is totally worth it. You deserve to be happy. You know what to do. This is the first step in the right direction.
I know it feels daunting, but trust me when I say this: It is worth it. The discomfort won’t last very long and after that, you will be so happy and proud of yourself that you took this important step.