How To Stay Less Stressed

“I draw to relieve my stress. Sometimes when I get too stressed, I will pull out a piece of paper and just start doodling on it. It’s just something about drawing that makes all my worries go away.”

– Cassaundra Baugh

Final standardized tests for the semester will be held on Dec. 19–20. Students are forming study groups and preparing with practice tests in order to prevent getting stressed. Others are spending time at various places outside of school such as Starbucks to study.

“I like quieter places that are more isolated when trying to study,” senior Benjamin Finlay said. “It allows me to focus more, I try to study in the same environment each time.”

According to Unigo College, ways to prevent stress include maintaining a regular sleep schedule and study schedule to effectively plan times to study or relax. Other ways include taking time to interact with others, exercising, keeping stress balls nearby, setting reminders and taking care of health by eating right.

“I draw to relieve my stress,” senior Cassaundra Baugh said. “Sometimes when I get too stressed, I will pull out a piece of paper and just start doodling on it. It’s just something about drawing that makes all my worries go away.”

Other ways that students are approaching stress is by attending club meetings that appeal to their interests.

“I find that any club can be helpful in making you feel less stressed,” Baugh said. “But, NHS has been the most helpful in making me feel prepared because of the tutoring they have.”

To prepare for the semester standardized tests, reviewing past notes and reviews can be a helpful strategy. Attending tutoring during Lion Time, Saturday School or before and after school may also be helpful.

“To be effective around finals time, you have to be really persistent and willing to go back to look over your materials to try prepare ahead of time,” Finlay said. “Organizing materials for your classes, so that they are available and ready can be a good step to setting you up for an easier time too.”

For more information on how to prepare for standardized tests, contact an advisor in the Advisement office or go to https://www.unigo.com/in-college/college-experience/7-ways-to-reduce-stress-during-college-finals.

(Final photo by Ava Hansen)

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