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Tips from the Tired

Sneak, Starve, or Ignore?

By: Reuben Evans

By: Morgan Jacobus

Everyone knows the CT Food Policy, written on those maroon signs everywhere around school, “(CT food policy).” This eliminates all beverages and snacks from being anywhere but within the cafeteria, excluding water. Though this rule is clear cut and restrictive, it appears to be open to interpretation. While many teachers strictly uphold this policy, there are several teachers that disregard it completely. What is the common denominator? Students are hungry. It’s a part of teen life, you get hungry constantly. Students even report lack of focus and concentration when they are hungry, causing their classwork to be interrupted by this distraction.

“I don’t think it has any real value.”

Students frequently obtain snacks and beverages from the DECA store and snack shack, yet if they wish to enjoy it must remain within the cafeteria. No food/ drink sign: CT prohibits any food or drink outside of the cafeteria, excluding water. Students are not allowed to even be carrying open food/ beverage containers through the hallways.

23% of students didn’t eat breakfast this morning (according to student conducted survey of 35 students)

- Sarah Hahn, sr. “Snacks are the bridge to get you from one meal to the next.”

(according to survey of 35 students)


“I feel you should be having snacks throughout the day so that you keep yourself full because it’s better for you to focus, because you can’t focus on an empty stomach.” - Sarah Hahn, sr.

“It’s fair because we have to consider allergies and messes and costs to sell it at lunch, so we should still keep it (despite complaints).”

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

40% of students have 5 hours between breakfast and lunch 28.6% of students surveyed have 6 hours between breakfast and lunch

8:30 AM is the recommended start time for middle and high schools

- Baylee Brown, sr.

“I know for today I didn’t eat breakfast- which was a huge mistake on my part- I was dying.” - Louise Jacobs, soph.

“Eating every 3-4 hours can help fuel a healthy metabolism and maintain muscle mass.” Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Homework isn’t something new to anyone who has been in high school for longer than a week. Balancing homework and a life outside of school is probably one of the more difficult challenges of high school, but time management and scheduling is an essential life skill. Students who are in AP, Honors, IB, classes can testify to the truth of this, as they typically have homework everyday. How do these students balance their time spent on homework and time with peers? Ivy Truong, a senior at CT, has advice for students who are stressed and confused concerning the balance of their homework and other aspects of life. Troung takes three rigorous classes. “I usually do my AP homework first when I get home,” Truong said. “These classes teach you how to balance your life, and when I get my work done the day it’s assigned I don’t have to worry about it interfering with my social life or any or events I want to attend.” Troung stated. The best advice Troung offered was: “If you gotta cry, you gotta cry. Crying is a healthy way to deal with your emotions.” Cheerleader and AVID student, Taylor Strandberg, mentioned her opinion on the subject of balance and stress. “It’s really hard but normally I try to find time before practice to get my harder classes’ assignments and homework done first. A large majority of my time goes into my challenging classes.” In the question of how Strandberg balances her schoolwork and peers she said this. “I typically try to hang out with my peers during practice and I don’t hang out on school nights, they’re dedicated to homework, and I hang out during the weekend.” Strandberg continued, “Rigorous classes have taught me how to balance difficult aspects of life.” Adding a final piece of advice Strandberg said, “Don’t procrastinate it sucks.” Strandberg ended. Tianna Ware an involved senior says this, “I do my A day homework on A days and my B day homework on B days.” echoing the words of Ivy Truong. Later when asked about the advantages of taking these classes she said “These classes push me to retain critical thinking skills and to balance your time.” Ware continued, “I don’t have to necessarily worry about making time for my peers and friends because they’re nerds too and we study together.” Ware then provided general life advice. “Don’t get distracted by negative outside influences because that can add more stressors to your life, manage your time and don’t procrastinate. Take care of your physical and mental health because that correlates with your work also. Most importantly you want to have good relationships with your teachers because they are always a good resource in any situation you may be in.” Ware concluded. Stress is something that any student goes through, whether it be an approaching test, pop quiz, or issues you may have with your peers. These students have removed the veil to the secret that allows them to be in rigorous classes and enjoy a memorable high school experience, heed their advice and get involved.

“School starting at 7:10 in the morning is ridiculous and if we’re required to be up at that time, we wouldn’t be. Our teenage brains don’t even begin to work until like 9 AM, how are we going to remember what was taught first period if we weren’t fully awake for it. If school start times got pushed back I think we would have better attendance, less tardiness, and we would all do better academically “ -Ainsley Olsen sr. Studies have shown that teenagers need at least 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep to be able to function at full capacity, however only 14% of students reports getting that much sleep Adolescents who do not get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight, not engage in daily physical activity, suffer from depressive symptoms, perform poorly in school, engage in unhealthy risk behaviors such as drinking, smoking tobacco, and using illicit drugs. “School starting at 7:10 is honestly not fair. If I don’t wake up by 6:30 and leave my house by 6:40 then I’m either late or I barely make it to class on time because of the traffic. It’s too early for students who play sports, have homework, try to maintain any type of social life, and have a job. Then they expect us to take a ridiculous amount of classes on too little of sleep and then wonder why we’re all so stressed out.” -sr. Julian Montoya 33% of teenagers report falling asleep in class 10% of U.S. high schools start the school day before 7:30 AM, 42.5% before 8 AM, only 14.4% at 8:30 AM or later 11