Stressing students’ well-being: Survey measures stress at school, home

Upper school students participated in the Challenge Success survey conducted by the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. The survey was part of a national study focusing on the experience of being a high school student both at school and at home. Administrators said that data from the survey can later be used to […]

Spring Into Action: Community bonds over third annual Spring Festival

Spring Into Action: Community bonds over third annual Spring Festival

Students and faculty members participated in a variety of competitive events including dodgeball, table tennis and Wii karaoke, and ate In-N-Out Burger during Community and Character Committee’s third annual Spring Festival March 23. Community and Character Committee hosted the event to foster a sense of community and allow students and teachers to have a break […]

Prefect Council provides massage therapists during midterms

LA Massage Factory provided students with massages Tuesday and Thursday in Chalmers East. The Upper School administration said that they recruited massage therapists to combat the stress and anxiety that students were facing during their mid-year assessments. The Founder and CEO of LA Massage Factory, Serge Nicolas, reported that the company has provided massages to […]

No homework holidays: all work and no play

No homework holidays: all work and no play

I still remember how restless I was that Monday night, my mind anxiously recounting my day the way it tends to when I stare too long at the ceiling about my bed. I retrospect, it was a perfect type of day. But that day is tainted in my memory. I added cream to my coffee […]

Library Stress Relievers

Library Stress Relievers

Students visiting the front desk of the Mudd Library in the last few months may have noticed a whiteboard covered with quotes, goofy drawings, opinions and responses to current events. They might also have seen their peers solving jigsaw puzzles in the far corner of the common area near therapeutic aquariums where goldfish ogle visitors […]

Different Demons: Anxiety vs. Stress

Different Demons: Anxiety vs. Stress

Spencer* ’16 stands outside her classroom waiting to take one of her many tests of the day, knowing she will not do well. The stress of multiple tests always results in the same thing: doing badly on one test for the sake of the others. Anticipating the disappointment from her teacher, a feeling of dread […]

Making it worth the extra mile everyday of my life

Making it worth the extra mile everyday of my life

My phone buzzes, a generic Apple ringtone. I reluctantly turn it off and sit up. I rub my eyes and stretch out, reaching high up into the air. My feet slowly move towards the bathroom, and I turn on the warm water. I look out the window; it’s dark. My body still thinks it’s night, […]

Will listening to Mozart while studying get me a 4.0?

Will listening to Mozart while studying get me a 4.0?

Every day Max Robertson ’17 goes home and turns on some smooth jazz as he pulls out his homework assigned that day. After a stressful day Robertson looks forward to listening to music that calms him down and lets him enjoy working on homework and studying just a little bit more. “When I do homework, […]

Mental health days help students manage stress

Mental health days help students manage stress

At one in the morning, I stared at the pencil shavings sitting on my desk. The cursor blinked expectantly over my English essay, shaming me for the third straight hour and turning my brain to mush. This lull, which my friends and I branded the “Twelve A.M. Break,” is the toughest trial period to test […]

More Strain, Less Gain

More Strain, Less Gain

Alone in his room, Justin* ’16 sat at his computer, typing furiously on his keyboard, when his mom walked in to check up on him. “How are you doing?” she asked. “Do you want some water? Do you think you can finish on time? You should really get some sleep.” Immediately, the angry thoughts began. […]