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Students prone to high stress levels

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High school students are automatically subject to high stress levels. From having homework on a daily basis, studying, and worrying about fitting the much emphasized ‘‘well-rounded’’ description, some high school students are still forced to squeeze a job in their crowded schedules.

Fortunately for high school students with a job, they benefit from an experience in the ‘‘real world’’ that teaches them how to develop a strong work ethic and how to productively manage their time. With a job, students must be capable of adopting a routine consisting of school, work, homework, and—if ever given the chance—a night out with friends.

Because extracurricular activities are appealing in college applications, clubs and sports become another responsibility students make an attempt to juggle. That is, of course, if their already busy schedule allows for them to be involved.

Decisions about what is a bigger priority must be made on a daily basis by working students. Between a class project or sleep, accepting more hours or catching up on homework, or doing them all,  making sacrifices is sometimes inevitable.

In due time, working and going to school may become almost of a mind game. One is aware that school is the path to a much more bearable and reasonable way of making money some years from now. One also knows that bills must be paid at the end of the month. The equilibrium, under  circumstances of the moment, has proven to lean toward a job more so than school, which unfortunately leads to leaving studies for work.

Now, that may have been an extreme scenario that I hope not many students have to go through, but it does and it can happen. It just shows how decisions vary in importance. Students stress while struggling to make the right move.

“A little stress and in moderation can be helpful to high schoolers in so many ways. It motivates them to study, to do better. It helps push them,” Mary Alvord, a psychologist specializing in teens based in Maryland said to The Atlantic. Yet, high stress levels may strike eventually with anxiety and depression following.

It is strongly advisable that students who choose to or must work to stay afloat also find time to practice activities that relieve stress.


by Mario Mandujano

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