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School Affects Mental Health

By Madison Bara, Section Editor

Ever since I was a kid, I have always hated school. Some people may feel or have felt the same way considering it creates some of the worst experiences in a person’s life; however, they may not feel as strongly about it as I do. In fact, I hated school so much throughout the years that I felt sick every time I stepped onto the premises. But I never understood why I felt this way until this semester. 

To explain, the beginning of this spring semester has been one of the worst times of my life. On the first day of the semester, I had to switch one of my classes, which resulted in coming to campus five days a week.  This five-day schedule also came with the unbearable early morning classes, in which someone must use all the strength they can muster to stay awake. Thus, this schedule limits my time to sleep in the mornings and relax after a stressful day. 

While this situation may seem trivial to some people, I am not familiar with the feeling of waking up early or not having time to rest in the evenings. For the last three semesters, I started my day at 11 a.m. with only four days of classes. Throughout each term, I made sure to balance my life and schoolwork so I wouldn’t fall victim to the overwhelming pressure of deadlines. However, recently, the work has become so unbearable that the stress of having to complete so much in a small amount of time caused me to have chest pains. Thus, I found that the reason I hate and have always hated going to school is that I am tired. 

To clarify, since I don’t have enough time to properly rest because of ridiculous amounts of homework, I am unable to enjoy my days at school. On average, I get about 4 hours of sleep each night because I have about six assignments to complete by their deadlines. In fact, this semester, I started doing homework a week before their due dates since there is so much to finish. I understand that homework is necessary to help students comprehend the concepts taught in class, but students don’t need to receive so many assignments. Although I want a college education, I have a life outside of school that I would like to enjoy as well. 

This mentality has led me to deliberate whether transferring to a four-year school is the right decision for me. Over the winter break, I started to apply to different colleges but didn’t have the heart to finish the application process since I didn’t feel ready to move on. Thus, I decided I would take a semester off after getting my associate degree to figure out what I want to do with my life. It’s a scary decision since all my friends will be continuing without me, but it is necessary. 

I’ve always hated going to school and never understood why,  and it’s because I had to go year after year. Thus, a break from the cycle will allow me the possibility to experience life without constant stress and anxiety about getting good grades. Hopefully, I will then be ready to transfer and face the next chapter of my life.

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