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Pressures during last quarter for seniors

Photo taken from https://www.pexels.com/photo/student-cheating-during-an-exam-7092611/ with CC License
Photo taken from https://www.pexels.com/photo/student-cheating-during-an-exam-7092611/ with CC License

Every weekday, a high school senior wakes up, stressed about the day in front of them. This student thinks about anything he might have done wrong or what he will do wrong in the future. He thinks about his grades; meanwhile, he doesn’t do anything to improve those grades until the deadline. Teachers typically grow angry at this type of student because they’re mostly spaced out during class, thinking about all the things that need to be done. 

It is simply a known fact that the academics of Gonzaga College High School are rigorous. With many requirements going on during the senior year, such as the service requirement, the assignments can pile up on students like an avalanche. The primary factors of this collapse may be missing school for whatever reason, multiple assignments at once, or fatigue. 

The idea that many seniors attach to is the fact that they’re so close to graduating. Although this fact is true, not completing work to the best of their abilities leaves most students uncomfortable.

“I feel pressure to get all of my work done even though nobody tells me I need to,” said Tommy McKinnon, senior.

The best solution to this strange issue with high school seniors and stress is for teachers to work with the students. If teachers and students come to more understanding with each other, students may have some relief. Teachers could also benefit from this, by having more trust in their students’ focus during class.

It has been quite smooth sailing this year for seniors at Gonzaga, but it’s important to remember the factors that go into their life. It’s easy to have an idea of how a group is feeling, but completely different to ask them about it. 

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