This past week was finals week at Palo Alto High School. For most people this is synonymous with hugely increased stress levels, workloads, and a huge decrease in the amount of sleep they get. It also means that kids don’t get to leave the house for about a week, except to go to school, or study. This serious lack of any kind of physical activity, completely drained me.
I would just like to tell all parents, and all students who stay up until 3 in the morning studying for a final the next day, that in my opinion, a lot can be gained from taking breaks and getting sleep. If I had my way, I would hang out after school with friends, doing anything from rough-housing to playing music, or biking (basically anything outdoors). Then, go home around 5:30 pm and eat dinner with my family. Study for an hour or two, whatever was necessary, work out a little, then finally go to bed around 10 pm.
To most parents, this proposed schedule sounds crazy (even with my own parents), but I think it’s probably the best way to deal with all of the stress that is put on this week. What’s the problem with having fun in-between being serious? It can only help you to be more focused when you actually sit down to study. All I’m saying is that I see all of the kids with red eyes and huge bags, and I hear their groans every time they walk in the classroom, and I think that this could all be solved by letting them go outdoors and be physical, as long as they also do a reasonable amount of studying.