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Hawk Talk with Lydia: Issue No. 3

Dear Lydia,

I can’t believe how stressed out I am. And you know what? It isn’t even close to being the end of the school year. It’s only December. What am I going to do? As a freshman, I have been having such a hard time in high school. I always thought that it would be so much more fun than middle school, but I would love to go back to eighth grade. Back to no homework, fun days, a lot of reading, and no stress! It just feels like this year is homework, homework, and even more homework sprinkled on top. When is it going to end? I need a break from all of it. I have so many different activities and events going on, and with all of the homework it feels like I never have any time to do what I want. One day I have a French Club meeting and then a paper to finish, the next I have a tutoring session for math followed by my chem homework, which takes forever. My list could go on and on. I am in desperate need of a some stress relief and advice.

Drowning in school,


Dear Darlene,

I completely understand what you are feeling right now! It is my senior year, and I have a horrible case of Senioritis. I just want everything to be done. I am sick of being overwhelmed with so much stuff, and I feel like I have more homework than ever before. The thing is that you have to remember that all of these opportunities high school offers are things you may never be able to do again! I mean when are you ever going to be able to make crepes in French Club with your classmates from Shawano High after you graduate? I can guarantee that I will never get the chance to do that again. Along with that, do not be afraid to give yourself a break. Sometimes all I need is a day to just relax, so when you do get a Saturday or Sunday with nothing planned, have a lazy day. Watch your favorite movies, listen to some music with good vibes, read a joyful book, or just take a nap! Having a day to just enjoy yourself is going to help relieve all of that stress that has been building up. I know that jamming out to my favorite tunes on a Sunday morning always gets me in a great mood! One more amazing thing to do, is get some sleep girl! If you have a math assignment that is not due until Thursday, and it is Monday, do not stay up super late doing that homework. Get a good amount of sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and I can almost assure you that you will feel a million times better! So, Darlene, I know how rough freshmen year can be, and the same thing will happen to you during your senior year. Just remember that you will never get this time in high school back, give yourself some time to relax, and remember to take care of yourself. I know that if you use even one of these tips, your year will be so much better than it is feeling right now. I wish you the best of luck in the rest of your high school career.

Lots of Love,