The first quarter of this school year has been really rough. I had a rough time trying to manage my homeschool work with my Academies of Loudoun work as well as helping around the house with our two at-home businesses. On top of that, I had to find time to complete my college applications as well. Honestly, it has been a really stressful quarter for me as well as my fellow seniors. I am so glad that the quarter is about to end because I am so done with the stress I had to go through for the last couple of weeks. Academically, this quarter was definitely a challenge. Before the school year, I had to change two of my four classes because they did not have availability for me since I go to Academies one day and Heritage the other day. Because of that, I had to take different classes that I did not want to take. It has been hard adjusting to the new classes; therefore, my grades were not as good as I wanted them to be. It makes me sad, but I also have to take into account that this is my last year of high school. In life, I will not always get what I want; therefore, I need to learn to overcome these obstacles, and the first thing I need to do is have a better mindset. For the next quarter, I want to have a positive mindset and learn to deal with stress better than I did this quarter. I hope I do well next quarter!