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School and stress

Students share school struggles

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From starting off freshman year to harder classes sophomore year to building a resume junior year and finishing prepping for college senior year, for students, there are many different ways to get stressed in school.  

In fact, a poll done by the Seraphim showed that 60 percent students at NDP feel stressed and/or overwhelmed.

According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, 8 percent of teenagers struggle with diagnosed anxiety. Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash.

Junior Jarod Bogsinske spoke about his stress with school. He explained that the hardest part is finding a balance between his school, sports, and sleep. Bogsinske said it feels as if finding this balance can damage his mental health when he has many responsibilities and not a lot of time.

“I’m constantly pushing myself in academics and extracurricular activities,” Bogsinske said. He also said that many times he sacrifices his social time to complete his responsibilities.

Cale Gregory, a senior, also spoke about time management in relation to stress. Gregory balances four AP and honors courses while playing two school sports, football and track and field.

“Time is my main issue,” Gregory said. He explained that, again, finding a balance between his school work and sports is always a challenge.

Because of his many responsibilities, he explained many times he has to sacrifice his social time in order to continue to stay successful.

“Finding the time to get everything done can be a challenge,” Gregory said.

Alison (not her real name), a senior girl, and a model student involved in the challenging academics, school clubs and has a job, spoke out about how her stress in school negatively affects her anxiety issues. For the purposes of this article, she is remaining anonymous as to not cause more anxiety in herself.

For this student, she feels that many times her workload is what overwhelms her. But, after time and time again of being stressed and scared of failure, school starts to affect her anxiety.

“For me, my anxiety attacks get worse when I feel like I’m failing,” Alison said. She explained that failing to her is “a bad test grade combined with dealing with a really heavy workload and family pressures of needing to succeed.”

“I constantly feel like I am going to mess up and fail everything. Sometimes the smallest error makes me feel completely worthless,” Alison said. She said that she feels an immense pressure to succeed especially with college around the corner.

“I want to make it into good college and get good grades obviously,” Alison explained, “but I also know that my mental health is important and I need to take care of myself.”

Stress can result in causing depression and anxiety among the student population. Alison is an example; she has been diagnosed with anxiety and is getting used to living with the mental health issue.

“It has been a serious challenge for the past two years, but I just need to stay strong and look up,” Alison said.

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