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Stressing Out

posted Nov 5, 2014, 5:24 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 6, 2014, 10:46 AM ]
Jessica Lawrence

As a senior, it’s hard to maintain good academic performances while being involved with outside activities, like having a job or being a defender for the girls varsity soccer team.  Of course there are other factors, such as school itself and applying to colleges.  Like senior Nichole Miller says, “It depends on your course load.”

Applying for scholarships is like applying to colleges: recommendations and essays have to be written.  When talking about the essay-writing process, Miller says some of them aren’t that bad: “The (Foot Locker) ones could only have 500 words, and it wouldn’t let you type past that, which is good.”

Miller admits senior year can be really stressful, but her coaches are understanding.  “Sometimes I have to tell my coaches I have a really big test coming up or I need help with something, so I’ll miss the first half-hour of practice.”

What does Miller find most stressful about senior year? “I find it stressful to enjoy because we’re on such a short calendar.  There’s so many expectations and deadlines, it makes it difficult to enjoy everything.  It’s overwhelming.”

Ranking stress on a scale of 1-10, Miller says she finds school work at about a four or five, but college at about an eight or nine.

“I’m excited, but also nervous about all the unknowns,” Miller shares about moving on to college next fall.  “Not having to live at home and get to take care of myself is exciting, and I’m really looking forward to getting a job and having kids.

“The way I look at it, it’s step-by-step.  You’re exposed to life a little bit at a time, and eventually I’ll get a job and all the finances will fall into place.”