April showers bring May flowers, but for students, the stress continues to rain down. For some it may be a drizzle, but for other Wolverines, stress is a constant downpour as the end of the school year approaches.
According to Psychology Today, “Stress is simply a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium.”
Many students find themselves becoming more stressed during the spring season because of the increasing amount of study hours as classes end, and as AP testing, SOL testing, and exams begin.
The warm and sunny welcoming weather is usually paired with happiness and excitement known as spring fever; however, weather contributes to stress just as equally as school work.
As spring arrives, the 12 snow days LCPS recieved has led to not only stressed students, but stressed teachers as classes rush to cover the curriculum. Fluctuating temperatures from the winter months created a cloud of sicknesses and as warmer months come, allergies will kick in. Along with the changing temperatures comes Daylight Saving Time, which adds to the struggle of drowsiness in school.
Students share their take on the stressful times and how it affects them.
Senior Logan Czarnecki is taking six AP courses, including AP Chemistry and AP Physics, and participates in track and cross country along with seven academic clubs. Czarnecki stays cool and collective as he take his own advice and “doesn’t take anything too seriously.”
Another stressed Wolverine, freshman Sophia Sgarrella, finds that taking a break from her work to relax is helpful. Sgarella says, “I just take breaks and don’t think about what is stressing me out.”
It is hard for some students to even find time for a break. Senior Emily Schneeberg works 25 hours a week and says it’s hard to find time for schoolwork because she usually gets home at 11:00pm. “This year I can’t do sports. I can’t play lacrosse because I work so much.” she said. While discussing extracurricular activities, grades, college and stress with guidance counselor Mrs. Barbara Bell, she said,“You need to know your own balance. Across the board every college would rather see good grades over a lot of activities.”
She added, “ Students who are involved [in extracurriculars] do better in school… If you have an hour to get things done, you focus for that hour, whereas if you have six hours to get something done, you might play video games or go on your phone, and then you just don’t feel like getting started.”
Junior Emma Gillies agreed with Mrs. Bell.
“I find myself more motivated to get work done during sport seasons [soccer and track] because I have less time to get distracted.” said Gillies.
Finding a safe way to manage stress is beneficial to mental health and can help form good habits during stressful times. Many Wolverines learn time management from having hectic schedules which makes it easier to tackle homework and studying without being distracted.