Stress has always been the bane of students, starting from high school up to college.
Schools value the quantity of homework and seatworks, rather than the quality and the relation of their activities to their topic. As what Richard Marmo, an author who wrote an article comparing education then and now said, “Education has been dumped down and many schools are more than prisons with the teachers acting as wardens.”
Sure, students are given more activities in order to give them the pressure of clerical or real-time work such as businesses and medicine. The stress and the duties that are given to you simulates the situations in workplaces. It makes the students equipped in a work-oriented environment, and globally competitive. But it seems that it does more harm than good.
Because of the continuous battles that students face every day balancing their academics, extra-curricular activities, social life, and their time for themselves, they hardly get enough sleep.
Students usually wake up at 5:00AM, they go to school at 7:00AM while classes end at 4:00 p.m. If they’re lucky, they’ll even have club meetings which lasts approximately an hour. Then, they go home and do their assignments and tasks. Not only academic tasks, but also their tasks at home. A student in an average will sleep between 10:00PM to 12:00 midnight, sometimes even later in the morning.
Sleep deprivation is one of the major reasons why students do poorly in school. Because of intense and rigorous academic and non-academic activities, an average student barely gets eight hours of sleep, which is the recommended amount of sleep an average teenager should get.
If we were to compute the amount of rest a teenager would get as stated above, they would only get seven hours of sleep at maximum, even if they take their beauty rest at 10:00PM. And if they were to sleep at 12:00AM, then they would only get five or less hours to have their brain repaired by sleep.
Scattered paper stacks litter your desk, crumpled and balled up pages of ideas thrown against the wall out of frustration. You’re tired, and all you can think is: is the pressure worth it?
Pressure looms over your head, clouding your thoughts until you can’t think clearly at all. All of the deadlines which are so closely clumped up to each other are buzzing through your mind. You feel dumb, for not being “responsible”.
You feel dumb for not being able to cope in this fast-paced society. You feel broke, not because you do not have enough money; you feel broke because of the unrealistic expectations authorities hand to you—broken, because you feel that you aren’t enough.
But after all, you are young. You still have a lot to learn.
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