To Any Student Who Has No Idea How To Deal With The Last Few Weeks Of School

To Any Student Who Has No Idea How To Deal With The Last Few Weeks Of School

We've all been a mess at some point, but high school is usually when you start getting crushed by the massive expectations of everyone and everything you have to do.
1160
views

Dear very stressed student,

It's that time of the year — late May. For some reason, your teachers thought it was a good idea to hold all the major projects and tests until now and suddenly expect you to be able to study for and do well on every single one of them. And then there are extracurriculars to deal with. It might be an end of year music exam or the last game of the season. You feel like you're ready to explode from all the pressure and just can't wait until everything is over. Sound familiar?

The truth is, every student has experienced this, especially high school students. This is only my first year in high school, yet the pressure that everything adds to me builds up over time, and when the due dates come up, it's like a cold hard hand slapping you in the face, ordering you to toughen up. No one enjoys that, and it certainly doesn't help with morale.

One thing that most people don't understand is that these end of year examinations don't completely define your success. They certainly don't define you as a person. Some people can handle stress better than others, and not every test is going to be something you excel at. The next time you feel overwhelmed, try sitting back and thinking about all your accomplishments and the good things you've done to get to where you are right now. Surely if you're so stressed, you worked hard in the past to get yourself to that level.

Congratulate yourself, give yourself a little pep talk and move forward. Remember that in about a month, you'll look back on this time and laugh at yourself and how desperate you acted.

You also absolutely positively don't want to procrastinate! I know that it is tempting, and I know that your device may call to you. You must understand that you only have to stress about most of these things for a few more weeks, and then you get a huge weight lifted off your shoulders, no matter what you're doing in the summer. And sorry to break it to you, but hardcore studying for five hours straight will do nothing good for your memory or your health. The night before the exam, you either know something or you don't, so cramming will just hurt you.

Instead, try to make sure that you really know what you know and let instinct guide you on what you don't. Your first guess is usually right in pretty much everything.

SEE ALSO: My Ultimate Pep Talk For Students Stressing: What To Do When Everyone Expects It All From You

Make sure you go into whatever you're doing with a clear mind, with 100 percent of your focus on the task at hand. It may not seem like it, but it is a huge commonality for people, especially teenagers, to be thinking about something else or doing something else when they are supposed to be focusing all their efforts on what they need to do at the moment. I've experienced this firsthand and often caught myself contemplating life during my EOC testing when I was in the middle of writing an essay or reading a passage (oops!).

The truth is, you cannot completely control your thoughts, but you can train your brain to weed out thoughts that may be unnecessary at the moment. Meditation helps to focus your thoughts immensely. Just sit in a quiet spot and focus on one image or word. If other thoughts come to you (which they will), just leave them and refuse to think about them. Act lazy!

Take a deep breath and relax. Whatever needs to be done will be done, and you will end up doing it eventually. In the meantime, there's no point in stressing about something you have no control over until it's upon you. A little optimism never hurt anybody. Good luck on your exams, and walk into them with a smile.

Best,

Kashvi Mundra

Cover Image Credit: Flickr

Popular Right Now

22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

70600
views

"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

Cover Image Credit:

Author's illustration

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

To The Now Almost Fully Adult Who Grew Up Thinking Life Was Like A Movie, But It's Really Not

Disney sorta-kinda-maybe-slightly-in some way prepared us for growing up and adulting.

23
views

If you are anything like I am, you grew up watching "High School Musical," "Hannah Montana," and "Wizards Of Waverly Place." Some part of you, at some point, thought that love would be like a Troy and Gabriella moment, you and some guy would click over a song and then she would run off into the night and show up at your high school (and it still baffles you because this whole thing happened over New Years and Gabriella was just starting school).

If you didn't think some version of that, you imagined that at some point you would also have a Jake or Jesse problem as Miley did, or do anything for love like Mason and Alex did (c'mon, she was dating a werewolf, how cool). Growing up, we didn't totally acknowledge that we knew that this was not what our teenage years would entail. However, it was still nice to think that we could eventually grow up to have romances like these.

Aside from romance, the way that Disney painted it for us was that we would only ever encounter one major bully (awkward) and that we would be able to come and go from home whenever we wanted. Growing up with parents who strongly believed in teaching and then expecting us to set our own boundaries, I was allowed to come up with my own curfew. But, if I came home even a second later, game over. (I actually learned to be home ten minutes before.)

Kids on TV seemed never to have homework, and they all seemed to only ever have one bad grade that was the end of the world. They also always seemed to have perfect skin and nails, though they didn't think so, and we were never fully prepared for what changed we were about to go through; even though we were more prepared than today's kids because OG Disney did talk about real-world problems.

I also went to a smallish private school in Manhattan so there weren't those big lockers that we could decorate, but the girls did wear crazy expensive outfits like Sharpay Evans. I guess I knew that growing up would never be as easy as Disney made it seem, but I wish that it would have been maybe slightly a little bit easier.

I hated the whole princess situation. I never thought that I was one or that Prince Charming would come and rescue me. Despite this, at some point, I did wish that someone would show up with roses at my front door (yes, my high school boyfriend did do this, and yes, it did annoy the living hell out of my parents). I guess that it was nice to think that life would be somewhat like a movie, but also know that life was not that easy. I was mentally prepared for that part where it wouldn't be exactly like a movie, yet still had the dream.

Cover Image Credit:

YouTube

Related Content

Facebook Comments