by EMMA ROOHOLFADA | special to 92182 Magazine

The RB Experience

High school can be a difficult time for students; they may undergo changes in perception, career trajectory, and personality, all while managing their academic and extracurricular lives. All these changes and responsibilities can impose a great deal of stress. Fortunately, Rancho Bernardo High School offers many opportunities for students to achieve mental wellness.

The most well-known form of spreading wellness at RB High is through school-wide events. No Place for Hate Week, for instance, is an annual event in which students participate in various activities throughout the week, all of which focus on universal acceptance, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or any other differences.

Another powerful event which specifically targets sophomores, Human Relations Conference (HRC), aims to help students feel less isolated and discover the importance of showing empathy. Every year, a different speaker leads the students through the conference, which is centered around the theme “Breaking Down the Walls.”

“A big thing about being a teenager is that you feel alone a lot of the time, whether it be socially, academically, or just in life,” senior and HRC Commissioner Zoey Roberts said. “[HRC] is important to have because it lets kids know that it’s okay to not be okay.”

While these events garner the most attention, many other resources are also available on campus, particularly staff members. From teachers to individual counselors to the school’s psychologist, students have many sets of ears ready to listen and help them through anything that may be impeding their success at school. Additionally, the school’s programs office often holds group sessions for students that have gone through similar, potentially traumatic, experiences.

Despite the challenges that students face throughout high school, they can feel comfort in knowing that when they need help, they do not have to look far.

Emma Rooholfada is a junior at Rancho Bernardo High School. She is participating in an internship program with 92128 Magazine.