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 option. The payback challenge is a game that simulates the choices a student must make that impacts the direction of their future career.

Equally of importance a learner must learn to relax. Recuperate their thoughts and have a day off. Overwhelming your plate with work will end poorly for many. Balance is a necessity to be learned and a life skill that will assist in multiple areas of life. Within the Playback simulation I made a decision to work 40 hours. I frequently studied if I wasn’t working. I perceived that when I failed to relax my happiness and social reputation would immensely diminish. I observed the requirement of self control and self discipline. Completion of work is needed before I should be allowed the freedom to have fun and make memories.

The implementation of the experience I have gathered from the Payback challenge will vastly improve my future. I have learned the necessity of a schedule to sustain balance among the key aspects of my life. Self control is a crucial component in maintaining the schedule once it is assembled. 

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April 5, 2024 9:23 am

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?

April 3, 2024 3:25 pm

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?

March 23, 2023 7:13 pm

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

March 23, 2023 6:20 pm

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

March 23, 2023 3:24 am

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.

March 23, 2023 1:42 am

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

March 23, 2023 12:15 am

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?

March 22, 2023 11:35 pm

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?

March 22, 2023 11:11 pm

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.

Kolby Sessions
Kolby Sessions
November 29, 2022 5:47 pm

Very good post! It was super interesting and was able to grasp my attention fairly quickly! I enjoyed your take on relaxation and its importance. I really agreed with that part. Well done!

November 22, 2022 1:14 am


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!

November 18, 2022 7:53 pm

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!

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