Students and their time management

Mackenzie Lund, Reporter

With AP classes, comes great responsibility. But for some, juggling work, intense amounts of homework, and other responsibilities at home are hard to keep all within a decent time frame.

Some students are kept up past midnight with the responsibilities they’re piled with. I have a friend who works from 4 p.m. to at least 9 p.m after school. Along with working until 9 p.m., when she gets home she has to do chores around the house, shower, and then do her homework. After her responsibilities are taken care of, it’s nearly 10:30 p.m., and after her shower it’s already 11 p.m. She has 2 AP classes, which all assigned a lot of homework. She and her mom would stay up until about 1:30 a.m. trying to finish it, and if she had anything left her mom would finish it for her. Her mom would help her, and once she knew that her daughter understood what they were doing (which would be past midnight) she would send her to bed since she had a long day the next day. She was stressed out to the max, and always looked tired. Eventually she had to quit her job, because it all became too time consuming and she got stressed out.

I think the problem is, that even though teachers are trying to prep their students (for college) with this work, it’s not making their lives any easier. College students do have responsibilities and jobs and other things, but at the same time their classes aren’t for 7 hours a day. Their classes are spread out across the week which gives them more time to complete assignments while also working and getting their responsibilities done, whereas with high school students they have a night to do their homework, because the next night they might have more homework from other teachers which is a big inconvenience for some, because they have to rush to finish it or hand it in half completed.

Students are often stressed out, get anxiety, or just lose all aspiration to go to school because they feel all the work they’re given isn’t helpful to their lives. It might help them in the future for their college classes, but there’s not enough time for them to finish it if they have other responsibilities that teachers don’t necessarily take into consideration.