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Overwhelming Epidemic of Stress in High School

Brianna Bell-Gunderson, Writer

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With the first marking period coming to an end and the second marking period beginning,  the amount of stress the students feel can be overwhelming. Not only are students stressing over tons of work, but many students also have jobs and extracurricular activities to worry about. Many students work at places around town such as Brain Freeze, Romans, Dairy Queen, etc. Also, there are many extracurricular activities such as sports, Cheer, and also many clubs to join. Some high school students have such a busy schedule that most of the time, even their weekends are consumed with school work.

Every year there is more pressure put on students regarding their classes and getting accepted to college, jobs, clubs, relationships, friends, and family. In an article titled “High-Stress High School” in The Atlantic, a study was referenced that stated that “49 percent of students reported feeling ‘a great deal of stress’ on a daily basis.” When people say that “high school is the best years of their life,” they tend to be sentimental and think back upon their years in high school, not realizing how much it has all changed.

Laura Benoit (‘20) was asked her opinion on whether or not it was stressful balancing school, extracurricular activities, and a job. Laura takes challenging honors classes, she is the vice president of her class, is a Varsity cheerleader and has a job working at Brain Freeze, an ice cream shop in New Milford.

“Yes, mainly because in most situations teachers don’t really comprehend the fact that students might not get homework in your class so when you do give us homework there’s really no justification but in reality we’ll get classwork from every other class as well as extracurricular activities the teachers and staff motivate us to do and also I want to make some money from working so it is very stressful.”

With a busy schedule, it is hard to reduce the amount of stress, besides not overwhelming yourself with too much responsibility or limiting the number of extracurricular activities, this can open up more time to focus on school work. Students should plan their days better too because sometimes students wait last minute for certain things which causes a stressful situation. As long as a student has time for their school work and the extracurricular activities and is time managed in a good fashion then the amount of stress should be reduced.

 

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