So Stressed Out
I found an article about a topic I am sure we can all relate to: stress. I’m stressed because I just got a C on my bio test, which leads me to stress more about the next one, which means I will stress about taking good notes in class, which means I will stress about getting to class on time…and the list goes on like that. Stress is a problem for me because it unravels itself, so when I’m stressed about one thing, I am going to start being stressed about EVERYTHING. When I read an article that showed some recent statistics on the Polaris Marketing Research website, I found it interesting and wanted to share. 42% of people from ages 18-34 say they are ‘very stressed.’ 42% of people aged 18-34 also reported being more stressed this year than last year.
This got me thinking about stress – what causes it, how it manifests itself, and what we can do to prevent (or at least find the best way to cope with) stress. One of the main sources of stress for me is work. We have so much, all the time, and it feels like it never will end. I am well on my way to fully understanding just how privileged we are to go to a top university like GW, and get an education that most people won’t be able to say they received. But one component of the education debate is about homework: why do students get so much? Do we benefit from spending hours and hours each night in Gelman? Staying up doing work until 12 or 1 each night can put students into sleep debt (which we can’t make up by sleeping more later), which causes us even more stress. This isn’t only at the college level – Kindergarten-aged students have recently begun getting homework as well. Who should be getting homework? It makes sense that people from 18-34 are most stressed, and we can all relate to that especially since we are in that range as students.
So what do you do to lessen your stress about school/work? Do you stress too much? What do you stress about? Is it possible to alleviate our stress (which all of our professors encourage us to do) while we continuously get so much work? At what point does homework stop being helpful to our understanding of the material, and just become tedious?
Have a good night! 🙂