Stress In School Essay

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Stress, a little is exciting and adds flavor to the average life, but too much stress is everyone 's worst nightmare. Stress is the body 's way of dealing with any kind of demand or threat. Students, now more than ever, are being pushed to their breaking point and in return becoming mentally and physically stressed. The average students daily routine consists of eight hours a school, followed by two to three hours of extra curricular activities, just to get home in time to finish at least three hours of homework, eat, shower, and go to sleep at a reasonable time, just to wake up and do it all over again. Teens in high school are now learning more material then ever and are expected to have a job along with being in extracurricular activities. …show more content…
"Research showed that excessive homework is associated with high stress levels... In children 's lives; 56% of the students in the study cited homework as a primary stressor in their lives" (Enayati). Teachers are now trying to do more with less, creating an overabundance of homework outside of school. Teachers do not realized how much homework they are actually giving students, 'a little bit ' of homework every night from five to seven class adds up pretty quick. Denise Pope, senior lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and co-author of the study published in the Journal of Experimental Education, states "three hours of homework a night was an average... we had kids in the study who were doing way more," (Enayati) some who have as much as five hours. From the time students get home from an eight hour school day and any extra curricular activities they are involved in, they do not have enough time or energy for three more hours of schoolwork. And students are struggling with the issue whether or not to do their homework and if the little pay off is really worth the time. Students are cascaded every night with homework, causing them to stay up until eleven o 'clock or later. Even if they go to sleep at a reasonable time, their homework is left unfinished. In addition, Teachers often give students material that they have not covered in …show more content…
Scholarships are becoming harder and harder to get and college is becoming even harder to get into. Gabrielle Russon, graduate of Michigan State University and is the higher education reporter at the Orlando Sentinel, states "10 percent fewer students than the 2014-15 year and 24 percent fewer than the 2013-14 year, according to [Florida] state projections" (Russon). College is extremely expensive and without these scholarships students are become stressed about where the money is coming from. According to Jeff Grabmeier, nearly sixty percent of students are concerned about finances and how they are going to pay for college. Not only are students struggling with the cost of college, but also the actual acceptance into college. Jacoba Urista, an alumni in Manhattan stated that a representative of her former school told her that "our school is so competitive and selective now that if you applied today with the same SAT’s and grade point average you had a decade or two ago, you probably wouldn’t get in" (Urista). The criteria to get into college has sky rocketed over the last few years, and students who would of gotten in then would be denied now. "Last week, the University of Pennsylvania announced that the class of 2018 was the most competitive class yet, as UPenn’s admit rate had dropped below 10 percent for the first time in its history. And a day later, Harvard said that

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