Notebooks and planners are filled to capacity with work.
Trying to get things done makes every day an emotional roller coaster.
For the high school students trying to get the college scholarship, this is life.
Many students, myself included, are so overextended because we want the best. We work hard to become responsible adults, and in the process we become America's Super Teens.
Shamunique Maui, 17, a senior at Cross Creek High School, is one of the students who work hard to get the things done. She's in Navy JROTC (her major priority), Beta Club, National Honor Society, chorus, show choir, student council and business procedure.
Her biggest accomplishment came last year when she was chosen commanding officer of the Cross Creek NJROTC. As commanding officer, she said she works hardest at "getting the cadets motivated and into the activity that is planned."
But what might be equally as hard is finding an open spot in her calendar.
That doesn't mean she isn't having fun, though.
In her business procedure class, she works with Edwin Perez, a Spanish teacher.
"I laugh every day working with him and helping him out. He is so hilarious," she said.
My life is similar to Shamunique's in many ways. With my involvement in Students Against Destructive Decisions, NJROTC, being an editor and reporter for the school newspaper, hip-hop dance, and mentoring fourth- and fifth-graders, life can get difficult.
I'm not complaining because I enjoy what I do. I believe that working ourselves this hard, so it can be seen on paper, is pitiful. No student should work hard just to get into college; it should be based on academics all through high school.
You work to your potential and beyond to become a better person, not just to become a better college candidate.
Jabal Moss, 15, is a sophomore at Cross Creek High School.