The Stress of High School

From stressing over getting good grades to finishing mountains of homework every night and worrying about college, students are stressed.

For many students, the mere thought of checking their grades fills them with dread, not because they’re necessarily bad, but because many of these students are pressured by their parents, friends and especially their school to get perfect grades with little to no room for imperfection.

The stress that many students are facing due to the extreme amount of pressure to get perfect grades is taking a toll on their mental health and is causing them to sacrifice sleep, as well as other activities they participate in.

“For me personally, anything below an A is not acceptable. Whenever I get a B or anything less on a test I become instantly stressed and filled with anxiety about how I’m going to get that up,” junior Lea Yiannikouris said.

“I spend hours most nights studying and finishing remediation. I would say I get maybe six hours of sleep a night but sometimes way less, which then later affects my mood at school.”

She’s not alone, many students on a daily basis experience exactly the same kind of feelings.

Of course, the next issue at hand for many students is the difficulty and the amount of homework they receive each night, which then leaves little time to do much of anything else, including spending time with family, friends and participating in extracurricular activities.

“The amount of homework given to me is the main factor of my stress. After school, I go straight to dance practice, which ends at 5:30, I then go home and do homework for over 5 hours. It’s exhausting and takes away from my social and family life,” sophomore Reilly Richardson said.

Spending too much time trying to complete school work outside of school is unhealthy and can cause a stress-filled environment, which is not good for anyone. Being on a block schedule doesn’t make anything easier because we don’t have the same classes every day. Many teachers feel the need to give students more homework to keep content fresh in their mind, but for many, it does more harm than good.

Of course, the one thing on every high schoolers mind is ‘what am I going to do after high school?’ For some it’s perfectly clear, they want to go straight to college and then get a job, but for most, they have absolutely no idea what the future holds.

“I know I want to go to a good college, have a good career, and be successful but that’s about it. I ask myself ‘what do I want to do for a living?’ no idea, ‘what areas might I want to study?’

No clue.

I’m able to narrow it down to three or four possibilities, but without knowing what I want to do, I don’t know what my major should be, and by not knowing that I don’t know where I want to go to college, and without knowing that I don’t know the goals I should be setting for myself. I’m not alone.

“All I know is that everything I’m doing now matters and affects my future,” junior Gabrielle Counts said.

With high school being the final stage before becoming an adult, the uncertainty about the future is for sure causing unnecessary stress on students. We’re asked on a daily basis by parents, friends, and teachers “what college do you want to go to?” or “what do you want to be when you grow up?”

The truth is many of us do not know, but the pressure is intense and stressful.

Between grades, homework that seems to keep piling up, and being uncertain about the future, high school is filled with stressed out teenagers.