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    After School Stress?

    by Hanna Carden, Sophomore Staff Writer for Yearbook

    It isn’t a secret that almost all high school students aren’t fond of the idea of waking up early and going to class for seven hours a day. However, it is a relief to them when they finally get to go home and have a chance to relax. Although a lot of teens also have go to work, or practice, and even to club meetings directly after the last bell rings for the day. So could these teens have a point, or are they just biased? If you walk down any hallway in our school it is most likely you’ll hear at least one person complaining about how much they have going on that day, or perhaps even that entire week. Many kids don’t have a lot of time to do anything besides work due to how much they have going on.

    According to the UCLA Sleep Disorder Center it is recommended that teenagers in high school should get about nine hours of sleep at night. Though if students wake up at 6:00 am to arrive at school before the bell rings (7:38) then they would have to be asleep by 9:00 pm. This is nearly impossible between the amount of time students spend doing things outside of school and the amount of work they have to do when they get home. For example, both volleyball and football players of NHS have to stay after school until 5 pm, and that isn’t including any other activities they might have when they finish. Students can be so busy that they won’t even get home until 9:30 – 10:00 at night. By this time they should be asleep, but instead they’re doing much more such as showering or finally eating a proper meal and finishing all work that is due the next day. These students, if they have too much to do to get ready for the day ahead, might not be asleep until 12:00 to 1:00 am. Not only will this affect their performance academically but it could also impact their ability to reach full potential during games and volunteer hours for clubs.

    Keaghan O’Connor, a sophomore who attends Newton Falls High School, plays three different sports and participates in Key Club, Art Club, and Student Council. “I feel like I’m always worried whether or not I’m going to get everything I need to get done finished on time. I’m always running around from this practice to another,” O’Connor said, “I just feel like if coaches weren’t so ignorant to the fact that we have other things going on it’d be different. They think if you play a sport you should dedicate all of your time and effort to that and nothing else.” Keaghan makes a valid point, however, there is still the opportunity to quit the sport but when asked about it she said “I don’t really think it’s that plain and simple. I mean even if I hated the sports I played or the clubs I was in, I still wouldn’t quit. There’s way too much pressure being put on us to be interactive with the school and quitting makes you seem like you’re some type of failure.”
    There’s an extremely high chance that the state won’t shorten the hours students are required to attend school each day, so it is up to the supervisors of these after school activities to ensure that kids aren’t being drowned in responsibilities. At a certain point there needs to be a line that is drawn between participating and simply over-working teenagers. Parents in the community want the best for their children which means they want them to succeed in school and with maintaining their health, so it’s normal for them to push their kids a bit. However, when kids are being pushed to the point where they’re too busy to eat, too busy to do school work, and too busy to get a full night of sleep then there needs to be some sort of compromise between the two.

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