All Work, No Play

By Nicholas Grew ‘15 and
Dylan Shepard ’15
EE Contributors

Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain resulting from very demanding circumstances and is very common in the lives of everyday high school seniors. Between a rigorous course load, endless college applications, and extra-curricular activities, these students are constantly overwhelmed and overstimulated. In the midst of a year that is supposed to be filled with rewarding and relaxing experiences, these teenagers are working harder than they ever have before.

The first semester of senior year is a Hail Mary for students to get into their top college. Seniors are determined to achieve this as they sign up for the most rigorous classes possible, which makes some of them sacrifice other activities they may get in the way of their success.

As senior Josh Madwed explains, “I signed up for courses that would impress colleges and studied more for tests to make my transcript the best it could be.” Students like Josh put their social lives aside to step up their game in the classroom and get into their dream colleges.

Studying for tests takes up a great deal of time by itself, but when compromised by long college essays, meetings with guidance counselors, and practices for sports teams, it seems as though there is not enough time in the day.

As a cross country captain and ACE Foundation member, senior Dan Rouleau states “it’s challenging to do as well as I want to in school when I have so many other commitments, so I have learned to make sacrifices when needed.”

This combined stress takes a toll on the mental health of teens. In a survey of 4300 students, 48% suffered from mild to severe depression due to school associated stress.

“Senior year has been very difficult at times with the amount of work I’ve had to do and really took away from the excitement leading up to graduation,” comments Erin Wingo, who speaks on behalf of all seniors who were hoping to have an enjoyable last year of high school.

As underclassman, it seems that everyone looks at senior year as a break from work and a time to wrap up their high school career in a laid back manner. However, this could not be any farther from the reality, and their only hope is that the second semester will be the “light at the end of the tunnel”, where they can end the year on a good note and live stress free.

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