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By Margot Deguet-Delury, Junior, Carver Center for Arts & Technology

I am now in my eleventh year as a student in the Baltimore County school system. And the guidance counselors, teachers, and peers that I talked to in the past weren’t lying— junior year is a lot of work. This is the year of crushing everything you possibly can into your schedule, throwing yourself into your passions, begrudgingly spending your evenings on the classes you don’t particularly like, and hoping that somehow your dream college will notice you.

For students, this can be a taxing process. I’m currently taking four AP classes, starting a club against gun violence and serving as Vice-President of our school Model UN team.  And I still doubt whether I will even begin to stand out from thousands of equally qualified students.

My success in high school is also an undertaking for my parents. They worry over watching their daughter work so hard, and they probably can’t help but wonder whether it’s worth it.

My dad was born and raised in France and he claims to have never done any homework at all. My mom thinks that I’m bordering on having a caffeine addiction, and has come downstairs a few too many times to find me sleeping on the couch, my head lying on an open textbook.

For me, American Education Week is about the parents who have sacrificed their time, energy, and gas mileage to making sure that your education always comes first. It is about the parents who sometimes don’t understand why you have to miss family movie nights, game nights, and even dinner, to brush up on the process of neurotransmission.

Parents should see, first hand, that their time, and their child’s time, is being put to good use. They need to know how interesting AP Psychology is, how passionate their child’s Literary Arts teacher is, and how much the school cares about their child’s future.

I am beyond grateful for the community that has helped me along to my junior year. My teachers, friends and family have supported me through every late night and stress-inducing final exam. Baltimore County schools have helped me to become the most focused and involved version of myself. My parents have supported me - and stocked the house with finals week snacks.

Frankly, my parents have come to enough American Education Weeks, recitals, and poetry readings to know what my life is like at school. But for those parents who haven’t taken this opportunity, I would highly recommend it. Give yourself a chance to see the place your child is growing up in, and give your kid a chance to show off everything they’ve been doing.

Outwardly, your kids might blush and complain of embarrassment, but I’ll bet they’re secretly happy, even proud, of how much you care.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017