~ Lee Lacocca
"In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive."
~ Lee Lacocca
Stress has affect everyone, some more than others. In our last year here at Fenn, especially in this Fall term, there can be overwhelming amount of serious stress. This year with all the homework, SSATs, and High School applications, some might say that it is hard for us ninth grade students to kids, 15 year old boys. Some of the teachers have us swamped with homework one night, and then the next three classes have a quiz or test. It can be a lot of work for us to handle. With visits and tours coming soon, we all need to focus to the highest extent that we can. Because what and how you do this fall determines where you end up next year. Us ninth graders have so much on our plates, so much that it is hard to do anything but study, homework, and finish papers. The only reason that I could see this being ok would be that Fenn is preparing us for the following steps so well, that it almost becomes the next step, workload wise. Just this fall, I have had a test, a quiz and a socratic seminar in Spanish, all in the same day. Now that is to much to study for all in one day and the following night. After lunch on Friday, we had a 15 minute discussion with Mr. Boonisar about the work load and the time that it takes to do the work we are assigned. He said that if the work and stress are getting to a higher than wanted level, then you would want to consider taking that day off from school and and activities that you would have after school. He also said that it can only take one day to climb out of any hole that you put yourself in to. I think that the amount of stress on all over us it getting somewhat high, but not so high that we need to dial back the homework dramatically. If all of the teachers made sure that the homework their giving will take 45 minutes in teenage time, not the teachers. So if the teacher thinks that reading a 15 page passage takes 45 minutes in his or her time, but it may take longer of a student to complete it. The stress that all of us ninth grades have is building, but isn't to high yet. But the worst is still to come.