Marian girls perform the juggling act

By J1 Reporter Clara Neary

Stress is the ultimate kryptonite for Marian girls.  Students hate it, but cannot seem to be getting enough of it. From getting up at 6 a.m., to going to bed at 1 a.m., stress is a constant thought in their brains. Some girls are more prone to stress, while others prefer a more laid-back outlook on life. Whichever one you choose to be, stress will always be that tiny little speck of lint that you just can’t shake off. Marian girls, however, are the queens of living a stressed out lifestyle.

Stress can differ between ages. Typically, a junior would have a more difficult time balancing stress than a freshman would. Juniors are in the stage of their lives when they have to start thinking about college and what they are going to spend the rest of their lives doing. Junior Hannah Shaffer has a simple, but influential method to the madness.  “I balance stress by taking some time to breathe every once in awhile,” she said. Hannah juggles school, soccer, social media, and service throughout her daily life.

Students like Hannah feel the need to put a lot of responsibility on themselves. She said, “I feel the need to take on so much responsibility because I feel the need to push myself to do well in everything I participate in.” Almost every Marian girl feels this on a deeper level. Stress causes many things in a high schoolers mind. It can make students more anxious or nervous, and it can cause people to act out more or be irritable. They have so many people who they want to impress or keep happy, that students work themselves everyday to maintain the image they have.

Marian girls are known for going to town on whatever their next project is. It could be a physics lab or a Marian Mom’s taco salad. Who knows! Students know that at some point in their day or week, they have to take a breather from life.

Sophie Steffes, a Marian sophomore, has got the perfect break time. “My break is every Sunday! It’s the only day I have no volleyball, I can sleep in, I don’t have to worry about social events, and it’s my day to do homework. It’s my favorite day of the week,” she said. Students seen to run around the school all week that they need a day where they can just sit in their pajamas at home and hang out with their families.

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Balancing school, sports, and social media. Photo illustration by Clara Neary

Marian students are not the only people in the building who are busy, the teachers are too! They play a huge part in students time at Marian. Mrs. Lindsay Cisco, an art teacher, started teaching at Marian last year. She felt overwhelmed with the amount of responsibility of being a part of the Marian community. This year, she has got a lot going on. She said, “I am moderating Step Club, Burn magazine, speech, and I have seven classes.” Mrs. Cisco tries to not have Marian consume her life. She finds time for herself before and after the school day to meditate.

Stress is a part of everyone’s lives. Whether you are a high school student or a high school teacher, stress will affect you one way or another. Marian girls have to find a happy medium between balance and work. Marian pushes its students to be the best they can be. That’s why they are strong, independent thinking women of this generation.

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The Network is the student newspaper of Marian High School, Nebraska's only Class A College-Preparatory School for young women.

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