“I stress about upcoming tests almost daily. The high level of difficulty and the scope of topics they demand you to memorize [make them difficult],” said Chigo Ojiako, junior. “On average I receive about three hours of homework every night, so I am spending tons of hours completing assignments from almost my core classes every week.”
Depending on the class, the homework load varies, but many students who take advanced courses work to balance it with clubs and sports.
“I feel overwhelmed on a daily basis because of not only how much homework I receive, but also because of the amount of things I have to balance with school such as club activities, house chores, volunteering, and sports,” Ojiako said. “It’s really tiring and stressful.”
Most students in AP/Honors classes are in more than one class. Some are in all AP/Honors classes and the workload can become twice as much and stressful.
“I am in one regular class and it’s psychology. The workload is a lot less, and I feel like at a time, I can become too overwhelmed by all the work I have to do,” said Molly Bruns, senior.
As for relieving stress, many students talked about how they hang out with their friends to get out of the house.
“If I am overwhelmed, I focus on the things I can control in the class. I try to take breaks by playing with my dog or going on my trampoline so I can destress,” Bruns said.