From on a Boat to Staying Afloat
BY SCARLETT ANTHONY September 18 2014
Summer days are over, and now the juggling begins. Boat rides, sleepovers and hanging out with friends each day is now just a thing of the past. Some students wish summer would rewind, but others are ready to start a new school year. New sports seasons and exciting classes help students get excited for the start of school.
“I definitely like summer better, but now that school has started, it is more like the real world because summer is all fun and now I have to work hard,” freshman Megan Reisch said.
The transition from summer to school can be difficult for many students because of hectic schedules and adjustments. Getting used to waking up early, extracurricular activities and hard classes make it difficult, but it all becomes second nature in just weeks.
“This year is very hard because I have to go to cheerleading practice, take care of my brother and do all my homework in a short amount of time,” senior C’Asha Stanley said.
Although she struggles balancing all these tasks, Stanley makes herself a schedule to manage her time after school each day. She does not feel as stressed after school each day because she knows exactly how much time she has to spend on each thing in order to get everything done. Some students work more efficiently with a schedule, but others plan each day as it comes.
Reisch plans her afternoon based on her after school sports each day.
“I run cross country during the fall everyday, and I play school and travel lacrosse during the rest of the year,” Reisch said.
She also has lacrosse games and practices on the weekends so she said she does not have much time to catch up on homework or sleep during the weekend.
Balancing school with activities can be difficult, but for many students their schedules during school can be just as challenging.
“I’m so used to being able to eat and go to the bathroom when I want, and now that I have a set schedule I am constantly wondering when lunch is so that I can eat and have a nice break,” freshman Zanara Brown said.
Going from having the freedom to plan each day during the summer to having a seven hour school day can also determine one’s schedule at night.
“I’m used to having sleepovers and staying up late so now that I have school, I have to do homework and wake up early, but I’m not an early or homework person,” said Brown.
Stanley adjusts to waking up early by setting her alarm for seven o’clock during the last week of summer so that she can be prepared for start of school.
No matter how prepared a student is for the start of school, it can still be challenging and stressful.
“I know how many things I can handle, so I am not going to join any more clubs so that I don’t “sink” by the end of the school year,” Brown said.
The transition back to school is different for each student, but staying afloat is key for everyone.