By J1 Reporter Sarah Cronin
According to a survey taken in a Marian homeroom class, at least 7 out of the 24 students had pulled an all-nighter at some point in their time at high school to finish school work.
As high school students at an academically and success driven school, sometimes sleep can be the least important thing on a Marian girl’s mind. Students are expected to maintain good grades, volunteer, participate in extracurricular activities, maybe even play a sport or get a job and most importantly, stay on top of all of these things at once. With only 24 hours in a day, there’s only so much of those activities that students can fit in before one must give way to the others.
Junior Isabella Pantano says that she prioritizes school over sleep “every single day of my life.”
“I’m usually focused on not falling asleep in class rather than the material that’s being taught. And my attention span is shorter,” she added.
For students with more on their plate, juggling school, activities and sports can often leave sleep as the last thing they’re worrying about.
“On the nights I have soccer practice, I usually don’t go to bed until like 11:30 pm-1 am and the next day at school I feel super tired and like my brain isn’t working fast enough. Then I go home and have to take a nap before I start homework or go to practice again and then I have to stay up even later to do homework. It’s like a never-ending cycle of tiredness,” said student athlete, junior Caijah Anderson.
An article by Harvard Health shows that mental health is directly related to sleep deprivation. Are students expected to jeopardize their own mental health for good grades?
Junior Sophie Clark admitted, “I got two hours of sleep last night. I feel defeated and like I have no motivation.” Sophie is taking many AP classes and is an All-State musician for violin. “I feel like getting more sleep would help me to be more engaged and not be exhausted all the time.”
One of the busiest students in the junior class is Shruthi Kumar, an exceptional student, leader of many clubs and a class officer. “If I try to get all of my work done in the day I just won’t get it done so I have to get five hours of sleep or else I’m really inefficient. I try and get four or five of my activities done, and then I just have to get to sleep.”
The second quarter has just started and the pressure for semester grades is starting to increase. While the days grow shorter and the nights get longer, the Marian girls must stay up late to, as junior Maggie Churilla says, “get that bread!”