West students overexert themselves



Above is pictured an exhausted student sleeping in class. photo courtesy of flickr.com.

High school students spend much of their time in school, preparing for school, going to a job, or participating in extracurricular activities. When does this become too exhausting for students?


High school students spend approximately 37 hours of their week in classes, also while juggling jobs, clubs, and extracurricular activities.


“I work at Aeropostale and they ignore my availability and schedule me almost everyday from 4 after school to close, which is like 11 at night, so when I get home I have to do homework until like 2:30  every night. It’s pretty stressful and tiring,” said junior at West, Molly Alvis.

The source of this exhaustion could be the lack of sleep caused by students expansive agendas. According to the national Sleep Foundation, “Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night to function best. Most teens do not get enough sleep — one study found that only 15% reported sleeping 8 1/2 hours on school nights.”

“If we’re going to be honest, I go to bed at 12 or 1 in the morning like every night, and wake up at like 6 so I know I’m not getting enough sleep but I have no other choice, I have a ton of stuff to do and school starts so early so I can’t wake up any later,” said junior Hayle Waller.

The source of student’s exhaustion is a lack of sleep, but obligations to work and school cause this sleep deprivation because there are only so many hours in a day.

Many students feel as though they must do extra work to look the best they can for colleges. However, when students push themselves too hard and strive for more than they’re able to handle it causes the opposite of what they’re trying to achieve.