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Balance Your Life This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Erin T., Brooklyn, NY

     You get home from school, eat a snack, go to soccer, church, finish your homework, stuff some dinner in your face, and finally, go to bed. Sound hectic? It is. Too many teens are cramming their schedules with activities and putting school second. But in the end, does that pay?

How many extracurriculars are you involved in? Three? Four? Are they worth your time? Think about it. That’s what I did. Your grades may be falling but you keep telling yourself, What we’re learning is really hard but I’m still trying my hardest. Don’t believe it, you’re lying to yourself.

It’s okay. You’re not the only one with that problem. Across the United States, teens’ free time has decreased dramatically. But that doesn’t mean you should blame it on someone else.

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