Feeling overly busy? Stress the positive
BY ELLIE MILTON
The start of a new school year hits students like a ton of bricks The summer vacation high hasn’t quite worn off yet, and here you are sitting in a dingy classroom listening to your math teacher talk about things that haven’t crossed your mind since last May. This isn’t fair! you think to yourself. You should be enjoying some rest and relaxation, not trying to find the radius of a circle. And all those responsibilities? Ew. Now your average day entails rising at the crack of dawn, learning for eight hours, sports practices, club meetings, and – to top it all off – going home to 3 more hours of homework. Your weekends seem to be the only time you can relax, and those precious two days are often taken up by work or even extra meetings or practices. What the heck? How are you supposed to find time to binge-watch Netflix for seven straight hours? Do teachers really expect you to spend the little free time you have doing homework? How are you supposed to survive the school year with your sanity still intact?!
All jokes aside, starting school can bring many stresses into a student’s life – especially an involved student. Clubs, academics, sports, activities, and jobs are all important components of a high school student’s life, and it can be hard to balance them all. You want to look good for colleges? You’ll need to be involved in several activities AND maintain good grades. You want a sports scholarship? You’ll need to train year-round and focus on doing your absolute best during the season. You want to save money for college? You’ll need a job and a lot of available hours. You want all of these? Ha! Good luck with that.
“It’s hard to find time to get everything done and find free time too,” junior Sydney Lepkowski said. Lepkowski is a third-year band member, is in her first year at the Health Systems Academy, is on Varsity cheer, in Circle of Friends and HOSA, is a junior class officer, and is applying to be in NHS.
Senior Brad Pelham, an ROTC Commanding Officer, president of the Midlands HOSA chapter, a second-year Health Academy student, and an NHS member, says the hardest part is the stress of conflicting events. “You never know what each activity is going to throw at you,” he said.
So the question is, why do we do it? Why do we put ourselves through all the stress? “I do it because I like to be involved,” Lepkowski said. “I enjoy being in a variety of different activities.”
For Pelham, it’s a better experience. “I want to take advantage of everything the school has to offer,” he said.
In the long run, you’ll probably look back on your high school career and be glad you were involved in so many things. But when you get home after a long day and the thought of lying in bed and watching Netflix sounds amazing, it can be difficult to buckle down and do your math homework. What does it matter if I watch one or nine episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy”? A little Netflix never hurt anyone, right? WRONG. Sadly, Derek Shepherd cannot help you get into the college of your dreams. Only you can do that.
“You have to know how to prioritize,” senior Chase Caverzagie said. Caverzagie is a DECA State Officer, NHS member, is in the Associate-to-Bachelor’s academy, and is on Varsity football and the Black Hole committee. “You have to choose which activity is more important at the time and schedule everything out.”
The 2014-2015 school year is in full swing, my fellow students, and unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to stop it. If you find yourself laden with the numerous burdens of clubs, sports, homework, and work, remind yourself of why you do what you do, then put on your big-kid pants and just get it done. Your future self will thank you.