are a time of celebration, when families come together to enjoy
each other, while putting aside the worries of their everyday
Students, however, find themselves
weighed down with extra work that seems to prevent them from
enjoying the fun that should be had in the holiday season.
[is stressful] because you have to clean the house, as well
as buy gifts for everyone and I don’t have a lot of money,” said
Greg Skutches, ‘09.
Christmas tops the list of holidays
that stress students out the most and for many reasons. Laura
Kauer, ‘10, also
feels “burdened by the need to buy gifts and send greeting
cards to friends and family.”
In addition to these household
chores, students have to deal with school. Many students feel
a notable increase in the amount of schoolwork they receive.
crammed; it’s supposed to be a break but you don’t
get a break if you are worrying about work,” said Kyrsten Novak, ‘10.
also took notice of this increase in “annoying” work
which teachers try to squeeze in before a big break. Josh Hoff, ‘10,
believes that the extra work puts a damper on the exciting
week before break.
wait for break to start, but I hate when teachers give you
tests the day before vacation. It should be a time when you
are preparing to have fun,” said Hoff.
To students, the
extra work may seem unnecessary and unfair, but teachers see
“They [teachers] figure
kids will have more time to work on things” said
history teacher Megan Abbott.
On the contrary, a number of
students don’t have time
for more work since vacation often means traveling, being away
from home for a while, or spending vast amounts of time with
“I spend a lot of time
with my grandma during the holidays and I don’t
like to think about school work when I’m with my family,” said
John Fox, ‘09.
Cory Roth, ‘10, is also
short on time to complete excessive schoolwork since he visits
Puerto Rico during the holidays.
“It stresses me out because
I have to pack and I just want to relax before Christmas,” said
When all this stress seems to
be too much, students have various ways of dealing with it.
Family and friends are the solution for Skutches who enjoys “hanging
with my friends and brothers.”
Other students, like Kauer,
choose some alone time to “listen
to music or read.”
Novak, however, likes to take
on her work right away.
“I just get it done with
and then I don’t have to worry about it,” said
While the holidays are supposed
to be stress-free and full of leisure with family and friends,
some students find it difficult to forget the pressures that
stem from school and household responsibilities.