Overcoming Struggles w/ Self-Esteem

Hi, my name is Shalon, and I want to tell you a little about self-esteem.

I am a 6th-grade student-athlete in Pike Township. I play basketball and football. For basketball, I play for two teams, and it takes up most of my time after school during the week. When I first started going to middle school, I was struggling. I was struggling mainly because of all the work they gave every day and all the homework. It was hard because basketball was kind of in the way of homework, and I started to have missing assignments. My mom saw that my grades were low, and she sat down with me and talked about school and sports. She said, "if you can't keep your grades up, then you can't play sports." This stuck with me because sports is my life and I didn't want it to go away. I felt sad that everyone around me was getting high grades, and I was not. I would look around the room, and everyone was finishing their work before me, and I knew I was struggling. I felt like I had to rush to keep up with everyone else, but this was not helping either. I would turn in unfinished work that was not my best, and it didn't help my grades either. Basketball and other parts of my life were going great.

My self-esteem began to drop, and I was feeling terrible. I knew I had to do something different to feel better. I am now learning to balance things, so I don't spend so much time on sports and not turn in my assignments.

I worked hard to bring my grades up. I asked my teachers for extra credit and my missing assignments. I worked on them during some of the off-time that I have. I began going to tutoring and asking questions about things I did not understand. When I turned in my assignments, it bought up my grades a lot, and I was still able to play sports. My self-esteem began to go back up. I started feeling good about myself, knowing that I had started to accomplish my goal. When my mom told me that I might not be able to play sports, I could have put my head down and not do anything about it. I could have gone on feeling bad about myself, but I took matters into my own hands and found a way to bring up my grades. So, when you are feeling down, and your self-esteem is low, keep going, don't give up, and strive to do your best!

Shalon, 12