Ask Ann: School survival tips and tricks

Drawing by Lily DiFrank

Drawing by Lily DiFrank

Q: I’ve been so stressed out with school lately and when ever I try to talk to them about it they just tell me that school isn’t that bad and to stop being so dramatic. What do you do when your parents don’t understand the stress you are under?

A: Not having your parents understand the stress you are under is actually a more common issue among many students at our school, so don’t feel like you are the only one. Stress is a common occurrence with teens around the world, due to the fact of academics and extracurriculars are being strenuous. In order to help them understand, sit down with them and talk about how you’re doing. This doesn’t have to be a deep conversation, but just show them your agenda or talk them through a week in your life and everything that you have to do. Explain how what you’re doing right now might not be hard for them, but that everyone is different and some individuals may need more support than others when it comes to academics. Maybe your parents honestly don’t know how stressed out you are. Remember communication is key, and having a strong relationship with your parents is the way to go.


Q: It’s coming to the end of the school year and many of my friends that our seniors are leaving to go to college. I don’t want them to leave and I don’t know what to do. How do you deal with friends leaving the school?

A: As sad as it may be, friends, family, and even you, sometimes have to leave and move away. One thing that is important to remember is that moving away is part of some people’s journey in order to start a new chapter in life. As hard as it may be to not have much control over the matter, you do have control in how you deal with it. Set up times where you can call or Facetime each other. Maybe even set up times where you guys could fly or drive to each other to meet face to face. The good thing is, your relationship with that person is not over. Yes, it may be harder to keep in touch and see each other, but you don’t have to let that affect your relationship with that other person. In the end, you can have some control in how you keep in touch with that peer or family member. So, don’t lose hope and just talk to that person and make a plan for how you guys are going to deal with not being around each other as much.