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Monday, October 14, 2019

The Pressure Is On

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“Ahh! I have a test for APUSH next period! Oh my god, the homework took forever..” This is a common conversation heard in the halls this year. Everyone is stressed out, all the time.

Junior year is finally here and we can feel the pressure already. AP’s, SAT’s, college hunting are all just around the corner, and do we really know what to do?

“Junior year is obviously a stressful year, not just with school, but with the constant questions from both family and friends if we’re ready for college. It’s hard to even think of college when all I have on my mind are the SAT’s and if I’ll pass all my classes,” said junior Ashley Austria.

The last two years of our high school careers, we have heard rumors and stories about how hard junior year is from older classes. Now that it’s here, we know they were right. On school days, there are many hours of homework, on the weekends there is SAT class, and then of course, more homework, and then all of a sudden, it’s Monday again. It never ends.

The stereotypical “scary junior year” may in fact be true. The idea that we will be applying for college in less than a year is terrifying. We have been thrown into this “figure out your whole life right now” mode and it’s freaking everyone out. However, the truth is that your mental health and wellness is much more important than any AP class that you can take. Afterall, if you aren’t mentally healthy, you won’t have the capacity to be able to take those rigorous courses.

So, what can we do to make this year a little easier? Anything? Unfortunately, I can’t take away your homework or make your little brother do it, but there may be a few little things to relieve the stress a bit.

  1. Talk to your counselor. They actually know a lot about college and the stress of performing well junior year! You may think it’s no use, but try it. What’s the harm?
  2. Research ONE college that you are interested every week. This may seem like a lot, but it really isn’t. Buy a notebook, start on page one, and write down everything that you find interesting or helpful about that college that you find online.
  3. Talk to a senior. They just went through it! They will know exactly how you feel and you can ask them how they did it, how they survived the SAT, how they even started to figure out college. Take their advice.
  4. Take breaks when doing homework. Don’t sit in the same chair for eight hours straight doing homework. I know there is a lot, but when you do the same thing for a significant amount of time, you start to lose focus. If you take 5-10 minutes every hour or two hours to stand up, stretch, get a snack, and walk around for a little bit, you will become much more efficient.
  5. Study groups. Find some friends in the same class as you. They are going through literally exactly what you are and everyone needs help. Study groups are helpful for hearing other people’s ideas and remembering the information. I’ve always found that when we joke around about the material we are studying, I remember those jokes when I’m taking the test.
  6. Take time to be a kid. Have fun! Go on adventures with your friends. Wander around downtown San Mateo or San Francisco. Eat good food! Dance! Look up fun free events where you live. Chill out. You won’t be a teenager forever, so have fun while you’re still one!

This year is going to hard, there’s no doubt about it, but using the resources and people around you and having a good plan will make it a whole lot easier.

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