Realistic expectations, management of stress necessary for success

Kelly Cordingley, Editor in Chief

They say study. They say strive for the best. They say get a job for the experience. They say be sociable and have a life. They say get involved.
They say get enough sleep. They say eat right. They say relax. They say take some time for yourself.
And it is absolutely impossible to follow both sets of suggestions.
I’d love to get eight hours of sleep a night, and I’d really enjoy relaxing. Too bad good grades, scholarships and job responsibilities don’t take care of themselves.
It would rock to both attend parties and get 300 hours of community service.
I’m thrilled our teachers and parents think so highly of us to assume we can carry it all. And we can because we’ve been trained to be strong and persevere and manage time.
But sometimes, we need a break.
Every now and then it would be wonderful to not have someone breathing down our neck. Sometimes it’d be great to not have hours of homework — and I’m taking a fairly easy course load. I cannot imagine what a student taking seven Advanced Placement classes feels like.
Do they even know what sleep is anymore?
But we, as students, put ourselves through the stresses because we need to stay competitive for colleges and jobs. We know that.
But where does it stop?
Our parents didn’t have all the stresses we do, and our children will probably have more stresses as jobs become more competitive.
And yet, as we run ourselves ragged, we are still falling behind other countries. So what is Japan doing that we cannot seem to grasp?
Is it that we need to spend more time in school listening and more time outside school teaching ourselves instead of doing worksheets?
Whatever it may be, we need to figure it out because I’d hate to be this stressed and still fail in comparison.
So, while we continue to strive for our best, it’s crucial to have realistic expectations.
Hard work is worth it as long as we’re not working for perfection because that is just setting ourselves up for disappointment.
Set priorities and realize what can fall by the wayside because no one person can do everything forever.