“When teachers give loads of homework and I feel stressed,” Sikes said. “I ask to hang out [with friends] and have a fun time so it’s kind of a relief.”
Statistically, highschoolers with healthy friendships have an easier time managing stress and are able to get things done quicker. With a strong support system, teens are also more likely to avoid the depression that takes hold of many. As many as 1.9 million children between the ages of 3 to 17 report to have been diagnosed with depression in the past couple of years. Though, teens with close relationships with others are exceptionally lower than those who typically go through it alone.
“[Tatum] helps me a lot with my homework when I’m stressed or confused because I would say she is better at school than I am,” Chambless said.
High school can put a strain on friendships, but with much time and effort well spent, alumni Tatum Krueger and Kamryn Blevins prove that teens can have a healthy friendship during high school that can even venture further into college.
“[We made our friendship last through high school by] being open with each other,” Krueger said. “Playing soccer was a huge part in it, but also both of us knowing God had us best friends for a reason is a huge part as well.”