I held my breath as the suspense of the TV series I was binge-watching grew. I knew I would not be able to sleep without knowing what happens next. My mouse was hovering over the words “Next Episode” when my phone let out a small chime. Looking down at it, I was surprised to see that the time read 2:37 AM.
“Oh no.” I muttered softly. I promised myself that I would at least start doing some work. All of a sudden, a sense of fear and panic swerved through my body. Summer will be ending soon, and I have done absolutely nothing. I have college apps and essays and…oh gosh, I still have to finish the AP summer assignment. I could feel the panic in my stomach as my anxiety continued to grow.
My phone chimed once more, and I read the notification my best friend sent to our group chat.
“GUYS! Did anyone finish the fourth prompt for the summer assignment? I don’t understand what it’s asking?”
The knot in my stomach grew. She’s almost done with the assignment and I haven’t even started it! How could I have let this happen. There is no way I can finish all of this on time. Oh my gosh what am I going to do?
All of a sudden, I felt the room grow cold. I shivered, despite it being late summer in California. My heart began to race and I searched my bedroom, as if I was looking for something to help me calm down.
“Okay, okay. No need to worry. I have plenty of time. I have over a week to do everything I need to do. And besides, I’ve worked under a harsher time constraint. I can do this.”
I can do this.