It’s Time For Exams
April 26, 2019
As the end of the year approaches and the anticipation for summer grows each day, anxiety also increases in students as they have multiple exams that they have to study for and take. With finals and AP testing, extra curricular activities, domestic life and a social life to juggle all at once, it can be quite challenging to balance out the last leg of the school year.
For sophomores and most juniors, they are taking a full schedule of classes, which may result in taking a handful of AP classes. While they are provided with study hall, not everyone gets the privilege of having that period of time where they can study, and have to time manage that between sports, chores, jobs and other factors that play a role in their daily lives. With that being said, there are many stresses and mental breakdowns that follow the fact that there’s only so much time to bring up grades at the end of the semester. As students are striving to perfect their grades and ace their classes and tests, questioning how they manage to do so is an insightful concept, especially with various perspectives. Getting the insight from a couple of students who roam the halls each day, asking them how they successfully balance out their life at such a hectic time will bring different perspectives for other students on how they could potentially handle the situation.
Though seniors are able to take so many releases, they are more than likely still going to take an AP class here or there.
Senior Brandon Keller has taken AP classes his entire high school career, and while he is only taking 2 AP classes, he is only enrolled in an actual college English class, which consists on lengthy essays and hours upon hours of preparation, managing how he spends his time while trying to live a life has been a handful this past year.“Well I’m naturally a really bad procrastinator, so I generally start homework around 8 or 9 at night, which is after tennis practice. So I don’t have a hard time balancing that. I usually prioritize CMU English because lots of assignments are due online at midnight whereas my other classes I can stay up as late as I need to finish. Sometimes I’m even up until 5 am.” He continued to explaing, “I try to save my homework for the night before a test or quiz if I can so I am able to kill 2 birds with one stone and treat getting my work done as studying. If I don’t have that option though, I will just study note guides for 30 minutes the night before and as long as I can right before the test.”
While these are only two out of the hundreds of students who take AP classes at Fruita Monument, their perspectives may give an alternative view on how people can handle living life as a teenager while being successful academically.