Dealing with Stress

By Imari Olipani

The Rough Rider (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Having to face school, college applications, grades, and even the future simultaneously it can get overwhelming. Everyone faces stress and denying it is not an option.

“The worst kind of stress is when it impacts your performance negatively,” Mr. Taba, and AP psychology teacher said, “to me that’s the worst kind of stress.”

Studies show that stress overload leads to heart disease, weight problems, even depression, and that is just three of the many side effects from stress.

People call the teenage years the easy years: no stress, no jobs, parents provide, and everything looks laid-back from the outside.

“Teachers don’t take in that we have other teachers, and they also don’t use the variables that there are other things going on. We’re growing and stuff so the people around us, too, kinda add and build to the stress,” Tiani Freitas, sophomore, said, “no one really considers what’s going on.”

Some teachers have said that the school work now is way harder than their times in high school, and students shouldn’t push their stress aside.

“If you don’t deal with little stresses right away,” Mr. Taba said, “then the little stresses will keep adding up to become bigger stresses and we just become more and more anxious.”

So what are the best ways in dealing with stress? The answers given from students and teachers were almost identical. Some ways to deal with stress are to take deep breaths, exercise, surround yourself with friends and family, have someone to talk to, stop for a moment and do what you love, write it out. Also, research shows that social engagement helps to calm you down and to think clearly.

“Circumstances stress you out. I don’t have to worry about my grades and getting into college, but I do have to worry about raising my kids, paying bills, I have different kinds of responsibilities,” Mr. Taba explained.

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About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (

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