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    The Payback Challenge taught me that I need to sustain balance

    College is a resource that opens the gateway to many opportunities. At the end of high school one is given a multitude of paths that can be taken such as a 4 year college, though college isn’t the only...

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    • Nice post Gaia,
      I love your opening statement it made me want to read more and caught my attention. I loved that you said teenagers need to take a day off to just relax and regroup. Often time we get so caught up in work and school we forget to take time to just relax.
      Nice Post!

    • Gaia,

      I think this post is really interesting! I liked your comments about the importance of relaxing and how the absence of relaxation can be detrimental. I feel like this is something that can hit home for everyone, especially high school students, as we often forget that taking a break and a moment to breath is not only ok but necessary.
      Thanks for writing!

    • You used the perfect word when it comes to our future plan which is “balance” and I like how you let us hear your own experience and explained to us where you went wrong as this can be a tool that we can take as a life lesson.

    • I really like that you talked about how sometimes it is ok to relax sometimes as overworking yourself can be terrible. Do you think you overwork yourself?

    • It was very informative that you described how there must be a balance between work and relaxation. Do you have any suggestions on how to find this balance and still be able to achieve your goals?

    • I love this discussion and the information with the passion behind.

    • When I saw the title and featured image, I assumed that it’d be something about learning financial stability. That was completely wrong. I enjoyed reading about this and learning about the “Payback challenge.” I do wonder if this information will stick with me and others, who’ve read your piece, when we disperse into colleges and society.

    • I enjoyed your piece and what you learned from this challenge. It makes me want to learn more about the challenge and want to check it out myself

    • I enjoyed your writing, did you learn anything doing this challenge?

    • I find this to be a very useful and practical activity and the things you’ve learned from it will definitely come in handy in the long run. Your reflection on the way that certain factors affected others, such as lack of relaxation resulting in lower happiness, is something that’s always important to keep in mind to maintain and healthy and balanced life. Has this affected your own lifestyle and the way you intend to progress your life?

    • Hi Gaia! I really enjoyed your reflection from after completing the challenge. Even though I didn’t complete it, I can’t help but imagine I would take away very similar things. I wonder, where are you now? What path did you take?



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