One thing to remember is life is not always fair, and things are not always as they seem. First I compliment you for being a good responsible student. However, there are some things to remember. Grades are not everything, they are an indication of what you are doing in school and how you compare to others in your class. When you say you do not get a grade on you first assignment, the teacher knows you are doing it and that alone will influence her in your overall grade for the class. You are in school to learn and even if there is no grade the work you have done makes your 2nd paper that much better because you have learned something from the first assignment, so indirectly you are getting a grade on it. Just because others take the easy way out does not mean everyone should. It is easy to be a sheep and follow others. Life is not always easy and you are preparing yourself better for life then your classmates who are just getting by. Do not get mad at your friends for asking you for answers, get mad at yourself for telling them. You are doing them no favor by telling them what you know, someday you will not be there to give them an answer to an important or serious situation and they will not be able to handle it. This could lead to a big problem for them. Perhaps you should look at your friends, do they take school as serious as you do. My guess is they do not and you are helping them be slackers. Perhaps you should be looking for new friends who are good students, good workers, and are concerned about their grades. You will find you have much more in common with them then the friends you have now. Sure it is fun to hang out with kids who do not care, but I think you want to prepare yourself to be as productive as possible, this means working hard, doing extra, and moving yourself ahead. Hopefully you are preparing yourself for college, so why not be around kids who are doing the same. These kids have a lot of fun too, they just have a different and more serious outlook on life. Do not get me wrong I am not saying your friends are bad or worthless, I am saying they do not have the same drive or desires as you. Thus, you are beginning to see school through their eyes rather then through the successful student you have been, and can continue to be.
K K · 8 years ago
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Sleep Deprived Teenager: Too Much Homework
I'm writing this at 3:00 a.m. in my local time zone. I'm not procrastinating, I'm just taking a five minute break from all of the work I still have left to do. My headache has gotten bad enough that I need to separate myself from my writing for long enough for my thoughts to clear.
I'm a teenager in the IB program, and I'm chronically sleep deprived. The way that the IB program works is that you are given both international and local curriculum requirements to fulfill, at the same time, despite the fact that the overlaps between the two systems are often not that substantial.
As a result, since the beginning of October (it is now early June), I have had an average of 6 hours of sleep a night. For the last few months, this average has decreased to approximately 4 hours.
There are times, such as tonight, when I will potentially get 2 hours of sleep, if I don't succeed in pulling another all-nighter. Yet, this is the reality in my high school. Right now, I'm texting other friends for homework help, almost all of whom are up and awake. The majority of them will be to bed by 3:30, and up again before 7.
I get heart palpitations, my hands shakes, I've lost all color to my skin - I haven't been outside for more than 45 minutes in months, makeup no longer covers the bags under my eyes, my immune system has begun to fail me (I always have a cold), visual auras have become more commonplace, I have gained weight from the number of times I've had caffeinated products and carbs at all hours of the night... and I'm exhausted.
This is sleep deprivation. Don't try it.
Kevin: Hey Kate, I can relate. Looking back on my high school years, which were just a few years ago, I can see that I was totally sleep deprived from simply not having enough hours in the day after the demands of school and sports. My high school started at 7:10 AM, which meant waking up at 5:30 each morning to make it on time (there was a lot of traffic by the school close to start time). Not a good hour when homework and a natural teenage circadian rhythm had me up until 11PM or midnight the night before.
It's tough when the system conspires against you. But hey, education and increased awareness of these issues is the best way to change the system, or in the meantime, at least understand what's happening with your body so you can be as strategic as possible in dealing with or knocking off your sleep debt.
From one (former) sleep deprived teenager to another...