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How it all began

Students spread too thin By: Morgan Jacobus

Loaded schedule, extracurriculars every week, if not everyday, grades to keep up, colleges to impress, standards to surpass? Congratulations! If you answered yes to any of the above, you are a high school student. With the standards and the pressures getting higher, but the school system not changing, students are getting overwhelmed and stressed. Counselor Gabrielli accounts the fault of the educational system for the thought that every student needs to go to college. “Colleges create the thought process that I have to do everything I can, I have to take the most advanced classes possible, I need to be as successful as possible or else I won’t go to college,” said Brooke Gabrielli. With the competitiveness to get into good colleges on the rise, students are feeling the pressure. Social studies department coordinator Scott Myers has recalled several students doing as many as 7-8

By: Morgan Jacobus

The library was guaranteed to have countless books… and students throughout the school day. To help keep up with homework loads, students often come to the library to work.

How to get UN-stuck from the cycle

By: Morgan Jacobus

Often the pressure to do well in school can affect student sleeping patterns. Whether there are heavy loads of homework each night, commitments to attend to, or a lot on the mind, it can be hard to find enough time, and the right mindset to get good sleep. “If you aren’t doing well in a class you feel obligated that you need to stay up and retain as much information as you can, which can really mess up your sleep schedule,” said soph. Elena Reiffin. If students are pushing the limits and studying deep into the night, they aren’t studying well nor are doing anything to benefit themselves. When the test comes, they will be exhausted and strung out, nevertheless, the process repeats itself. A bad grade comes along, students study well into the night in hopes of preparation but are too tired to recall anything and

once again get a grade they are not satisfied with. Unfortunately, this is not the only problem. “I usually get about 13 hours of sleep on the weekend, sometimes I’ve slept in till four because I was so exhausted because the night before I tried to get homework done,” said soph. Rachel Gurich. Further, she recalls times she has come home on Friday afternoons to fall asleep and to sometimes not wake up till around 8. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “Teens tend to have irregular sleep patterns across the week — they typically stay up late and sleep in late on the weekends, which can affect their biological clocks and hurt the quality of their sleep.” Due to this brutal cycle, students are continuing to stay up late and wake up early, often earlier to finish work they had not completed in the mornings. This is worsened further by the

“... can affect their biologial clocks and hurt the quality of sleep.”


Long school days, extracurricular activities, all with the daily struggles of being a teen is exhausting. Students have tried to get enough sleep, but busy schedules don’t always allow it.

weekends. Many attribute their excessive sleeping in habits on the weekends to “recharging” after a long, hard week. Yet, this only makes subsequent weeks worse. Not only is it a corrupted cycle, it’s a loop students are stuck in.

Sleep is crucial to student well-being, it’s a part of life, and one of the most influential aspects of health. Thus, if teenagers continue with these treacherous cycles of inadequate sleep, the problem is only going to snowball. As mentioned, most of these sleep cycles/ habits get worse with time, for instance staying up later and later to get in more work, or having the transition from weekend to weekday become harsher. Further, consequences do not merely include insufficient sleep, “High school students who describe themselves as having academic problems and who are earning C’s or below in school report getting less sleep, having later bedtimes and having more irregular sleep schedules than students reporting higher grades,” according to a study conducted by Wolfson and Carskadon, 1998. The only way for this problem to resolve is for students to structure out their evenings to ensure they are allowing enough time to unwind and sleep. For instance, limit how much homework is done a night, if it’s later find a stopping spot and allow time to lay down with a book, watch a television show, or whatever helps you relax. Additionally, if you know you have a lot of homework, start sooner than later, as procrastinating will lead to late nights. However, it’s all about what suits you and your lifestyle.

“If there is something you are really passionate about, a sport or a job or a club, you can work that out with your academic schedule if you make an effort to. - Scott Myers

“ We are stuck in this

trap, students are just overly stressed, running around doing too much, taking on too much, and we are experiencing burnout before they even go to college.

Students battle sleep woes

By: Morgan Jacobus

School, commitments, relationships, and many other factors consume the lives and the minds of today’s teenagers. They start like everyone else, and they go to elementary school, are forced to take naps, and hardly have any worries other than being a good child for their parents. Middle school comes around, and naps are no longer, but that isn’t a big deal, they aren’t needed here. Then tougher assignments come around, and more is expected, but the parents and teachers will hold students’ hand to make sure they are okay. Suddenly, before you know it high school comes around and now there are more rigorous classes, maybe even AP or IB classes, but now they are on their own. There are also more clubs and extracurriculars to try, credits to obtain, and an ominous resume to build up, but they can only get as much sleep as their schedule allows. Getting older, acquiring more work, more pressure, with the added stress of more people pushing students to do well with expectations of handling the ever growing list of responsibilities. The more piled on, the less sleep is left. Sound familiar? CT students are struggling to get enough sleep with the pressures of family, peers, and teachers. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “Sleep is vital to your well-being, as important as the air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat.” Without the foundation of sleep, or a well-rested morning, students are doomed to struggle.

extracurriculars at once, simply for the purposes of building up a resume. However, this is a myth that ought be debunked, according to Gabrielli. “Students need to pull back. Colleges aren’t looking for quantity, for them to do so many things and be in so many clubs, they are looking for students to find something they are passionate about and become deeply involved. Students don’t have to be doing something everyday after school for extracurricular, they can find something they really love.” said Gabrielli. Though the pressure is high, students ought take a step back and really look to what they are doing. Many graduates, parents, teachers, and counselors will tell you high school is about preparing for college, if that is the path chosen. It is about finding what you are good at and truly enjoy, not spreading yourself too thin that you can’t be seen in any one area at a time.

- Brooke Gabrielli

Work is here, work is there, work is everywhere. Students had classwork, homework, after school activities, then maybe even jobs to attend to at the end of the day.


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