Handling academic stress

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Elizabeth Harris

Junior Callan Keo catching up on his homework. He is stressed because of the amount of his workload.

Some students are finding this school year to be less stressful than last year, due to being back in the building. Being back in the classroom and having access to teachers and other students is making it easier for students to learn. 

Senior Corinna Thomas feels this year is less stressful because of a lighter academic load. Last year seemed harder because all classes were online and every assignment seemed like homework. “I have also noticed a decrease in homework this year than last, because last year essentially all of our assignments were homework, which caused more stress.”

This year is less stressful for freshman Lauren Thomas because being in the building gives her more access to get help from teachers. “I had lots of problems dealing with online and hybrid but now it’s easier being at school full time and interact with all my teachers.” 

AP classes appear to be more challenging and stressful for students. Juniors Callan Keo, Corinna, and Lauren all mentioned how their AP classes were the most stressful for them. 

Students have different ways of relieving stress. Callan shares that he “hangs out with [his] friends, chill, and watch a show or a movie.” Corinna has a different approach to relieving stress: “I make a checklist of everything I have to do and prioritize the most difficult assignments so that I can finish them first.”

“I make a checklist of everything I have to do and prioritize the most difficult assignments so that I can finish them first.” ”

— Corinna Thomas

Being back to “normal” school after being online due to COVID-19 turns out to be less stressful than expected. Students are having an easier time learning and connecting with their peers and teachers.