School continues to bloom into larger and larger competition with each passing day. As this builds up, students become more and more stressed especially towards the end of the semester. Personally speaking, I have seen some of my closest friends have breakdowns- both emotionally and mentally -because of the amount of stress they are under. They stay up the entire night studying a concept for a test the next day or finishing up a project. Not only is this horrible for their health, but the lack of sleep leads them to fall asleep easily during classes throughout the day. This stress has also weaved its way into aspects of my own life as the semester comes to an end. The amount of projects, tests, quizzes, and homework has been piling up and sometimes it seems as if there are not enough hours in the day to finish everything. All around there is panic and pressure, it even goes as far as to cause some students to become physically sick. It seems as if there is no positivity around anywhere as everywhere you turn you are surrounded by workload and tension.
Winter Break is quickly approaching and is all that anyone can talk about. Students are excited to finally get a break from school and have some time for them. However, some teachers have decided to give out lengthy homework assignments for students to complete over the break. This defeats the point of a relaxing break as students now become overwhelmed and cannot enjoy quality time with their friends and family. Winter break is a time for students to kick back and relax without worrying about the difficulty of school on their shoulders.
Some days it’s easy to come home and take a nice nap because there is no homework to be done. Other days it seems as if an entire semester’s worth of work has been laid upon students. A little bit of stress is a good thing as it can motivate students, but too much stress can often backfire. Time management should be the solution to most of these issues. However, in extreme cases, students should look into dropping a few courses.