Behind the slumber 

Students juggle activities and schoolwork at the cost of rest

Miracle Hawkins Coles, staff reporter

The number of students sleeping in class has increased. New procedures have been put in place for students who fall asleep in class. Parents will be called, or they will be sent to the nurse for further examinations.

“The lessons are boring, usually they talk about stuff we already know,” sophomore Valerie Saucedo said. “Teachers nowadays seem like they don’t try anymore.”

Valerie emphasized how teachers are unmotivated as well because textbooks are doing their jobs for them.

“I feel like some classes give out the right number of assignments, but some are just so much work,” Valerie said.

The assignments are exhausting and cause students to rush to complete them. Students are dozing off instead of retaining the information given.

Sophomore Angelique Ortiz has admitted to having an unpredictable sleep schedule due to her busy lifestyle with after-school activities, and every day she finds herself waking up more exhausted than the day before. The responsibility of having and following a sleep schedule is on the shoulder of the students.

“I never wake up fully rested,” Angelique said. “I haven’t gotten used to waking up early because of how tired I am.”

Valerie and Angelique who participate in extracurricular activities deal with not having enough time to finish assignments or projects, which leads to more stress and less efficient sleep. Multiple assignments assigned to students can result in less sleep and more stress causing students to decide between turning in assignments on time or getting better sleep. Less work assigned would give students extra downtime for sleep or lessen their workload.

Valerie described her assignments as boulders on her shoulders. She has no downtime for her personal goals or needs. It’s a repeat of school, work, and what is assigned to her at home.

“I feel like some teachers don’t consider what other things we have to do or what we’re going through when they assign us a lot of work in a minimal amount of time,” Valerie said.

There’s a repetition of students turning in late work or waiting till the very end. Students are often mistaken as lazy, but Kendyl Fleming disagrees completely.

“My teachers don’t act as if they care about what goes on in my life,” Kendyl said. “They come off as if this is only just a job for them. It’s almost like we’re robots.”

School is no longer school, it’s another stressor. The amount of work, stress, and the environment can cause students to see a school from a unique perspective.

“If I don’t complete my work, I could lose the chance to graduate and move on with my life,” Kendyl said. “I don’t have time to take care of myself, but I don’t feel like that’s considered. I guess I’m just another lazy student.”