Standpoint on stress


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Emma Wittmer

Spend evenings doing homework, stress over the little things, and tired of having no free time.

Academic stress started at a young age, in first grade I would start to feel sick by how stressed or worried I would get over schoolwork. It’s hard to think about a seven year old first grader already stressing over school. Stress only gets worse as classes become harder and grades become more important. Siblings are always in competition, whether is be who gets to ride shotgun or who gets the better grade point average. It may sound absurd, but the amount of stress I have to beat my brother in academics is beyond what anyone else would think.

At the time of writing this, it’s currently finals week and my assignments include two stories for newspaper, a packet review for algebra, studying for a quiz, and studying for the eight finals that take place all in three days. Instead of cramming to get an A in chemistry, my time could be spent finally eating a healthy meal or getting the recommended eight hours of sleep.

According to a recent study held by USA Today, 27 percent of teens say they experience “extreme stress” during the school year and 34 percent expect stress to increase in the coming year. Most high school students have the struggle of balancing schoolwork with a social life with 59 percent reporting that managing their time to balance all activities is a somewhat or very significant stressor. Some teens neglect responsibilities at home and even schoolwork because of stress. Other consequences of stress include skipping meals, headaches, bad sleeping habits, and snapping or being short with classmates or teammates.

Rather than stressing about school, students should spend quality time with friends and family, enjoy the little things in life, and not always be on a schedule.