Students are stressed out now more than ever
High school can be extremely stressful for students who have high expectations for their future. The desire to succeed, not only in school, but in getting into a good college and finding a job, is controlling the lives of students and compromising their mindsets. Many studies have been done to assess how high school students cope with the pressure they are put under during these critical four years.
A large number of current high school students admit to feeling stressed throughout the school year. According to an anonymous survey of 128 juniors in a private school conducted by New York University, 49% of the surveyed reported feeling greatly stressed on an everyday basis. To go into further detail, it was recorded that 60% of girls who were surveyed felt high amounts of stress, while only 41% of boys felt the same way. These students stated that preparing for college, getting good or satisfying grades, and completing homework in a timely manner were their leading causes of stress. Other major factors of stress in high school are participating in social situations, dating, sports performance, and other extracurriculars. It is quite evident that in high school, there are countless things to be worried about.
Sophomore Trenton Stern shared his experiences with homework and stress.
“High school is very stressful. I rarely get all of my homework done each night,” explained Stern.
It is not uncommon for students to feel this way. Stress can lead to procrastination, sleep deprivation, exhaustion, and in serious cases, depression and anxiety. It is a cycle that is difficult to break.
The Princeton Review’s article, Homework Wars: High School Workloads, Student Stress, and How Parents Can Help, states that one-third of teen’s study time is spent feeling stressed, anxious, or stuck. It doesn’t help that students are rarely taught how to effectively deal with the stress they experience. Without knowing how to properly apply coping mechanisms, students can never learn how to help themselves.
Sophomore Nate Churchill is one of many students at Darby overwhelmed by the number of stressors in our lives.
“Our ability to be productive is overshadowed at times by the stress of school and our everyday lives,” said Churchill.
Schoolwork is a struggle to deal with on its own, but there are many other things going on in a student’s life that make completing everything even more difficult. These hardships and adversities must be taken into account when considering the amount of pressure high school students are under.
How can students begin to help themselves? The key to beating stress is organization and productivity. It is impossible to always feel motivated to get everything done, but pushing oneself to complete a task is the best way to overcome the worry. Breaking procrastination and making a new habit of getting everything done in a timely manner can really affect the mental health of students. Of course, it is unrealistic that each student will be able to complete everything they’re assigned everyday, but getting things done as soon as possible will greatly help. They will be able to binge-watch a tv show or hang out with their friends without feeling guilty about it. As Mr. Zody would say, it’s time for high school students to eat the frog.