Hobbies are an important attribute towards a person’s life; especially for young teenagers who are in the process of self-discovery. Everyone has a hobby that releases any undesirable feelings from their everyday lives. Many rely on physical activities, such as working out, to keep themselves in shape while others draw for a more creative aspect and relaxing moments. During fragile times, hobbies create a safe atmosphere for liberating unwanted stress, anxiety, and depression. The students of freedom high school share their different techniques when it involves coping with school, home, and social life.
Evan Moreno, a Junior who appreciates the art of music, expresses the importance of expanding one’s comfort zone through instruments. “I started playing the saxophone in 4th grade because I enjoy learning new things, but I also thought it was cool to see the marching band in the stands behind me as a kid growing up. The skills and exposure to new things you pick up learning musical instruments, like seeing situations from a different angle and managing your emotions, are so priceless. I love my community, and I’ve made so many memories along the way.” Evan has found his liking in joining the marching band and has recently conquered his fears by doing his first-ever saxophone solo performance in the new performing arts theater!
Playing an instrument takes experience, patience, and overall determination. Although it isn’t difficult to practice, others would rather spend their time taking care of their physical health while enjoying a sport they’re skilled at. Varsity soccer player Jaysen Blout expands his appreciation for soccer by explaining the positive aspects of the sport.“My hobby is interesting because it’s a way to stay healthy as well as have fun but also allows me to travel and meet new people. I guess I use some of it daily because I always have something to do that involves physical exertion. My hobby has helped me mentally because it taught me responsibility and discipline as well as cooperation, and helped me physically because of all the training to keep my body in shape.” Staying in shape is an attribute many people forget; especially for students who are overwhelmed with school. Working out has been proven to release stress and anxiety. Yes, many people procrastinate when it involves working out but it is a great source to be relieved by problems in a short period of time.
An anonymous student gives a short, but delicate, explanation of how music benefits his mental health and school work. “Alright, well listening to music really just calms me down and mostly makes me not procrastinate. Yeah, every day of the hour. It just makes me feel something I normally need to feel…I don’t know if it's a weird feeling.” Listening to music gives everyone a different meaning but the universal language allows anyone and everyone to feel good about themselves.
Mariza Soto leads off with being the first of many students discussing how reading has expanded her knowledge and grown her into the person she is today. “My hobby is reading. I love reading because of how easily I can lose myself within the story. It’s like people bring a tv show because it’s so good and you can’t stop but just do that with books. I do it as much as I can. If I’m not feeling up to read a physical book, I always find myself reading on my phone. It definitely affected me a lot in different ways. It helped me figure out what I want to major in college and help me discover my dream job. I could say it affected me mentally and emotionally because of how much I read. It’s a genuine issue.” Her love for reading has made her more aware of her capabilities and discovers the possibilities when it comes to dreaming. It’s given her comfort whenever the “real world” becomes too much and creates a balance.
Last but not least, Jacob talks about his love for family and friends. “One of my favorite hobbies is being with family and friends, it’s always fun and you get so many memories and family is always there but only for so long. I spend time with friends and family almost 24/7 and it has affected my lifestyle in so many ways which makes me who I am today. Family and friends made me have a healthier mind, which leads to my physical health.” Having a support system obviously carries a positive outlook. Jacob cherishes his time with his loved ones and acknowledges the valuable memories he has before taking them for granted.
Everyone has a different hobby which is what overall makes us unique! Many people adapt to their hobby or take years to perfect. As teenagers, hobbies give us an opportunity to meet new people, develop skills outside of school, discover new passions, and form an identity. The relevance to having an extracurricular can come from goal setting, discipline, accountability, and responsibility. Hobbies are easy to access when one needs to release worries and struggles life throws. In any lifestyle, having the opportunity to depend on an activity that’ll create joy during difficult times can not only be a privilege but an opportunity to share talent, techniques, and releases to others!