Fall semester should be thought of as a clean slate, a chance to try new things. With the fall semester comes the opportunity to join clubs on campus. They’re all appealing, so how do you choose? It happens to the best of us — you get excited about everything available and take on more extracurricular activities than you’re comfortable managing.
The pressure is immensely greater for students attending private boarding schools as they prepare for college. The emphasis on getting grades and being well rounded enough to get into your top choice school can drive the best of us to chronic stress. Managing that stress is immensely important if you want to succeed in your endeavors.
To Do Lists
As old school as it sounds, a handwritten to do list can be what saves your sanity as students at private boarding schools. Sort your list into “have to do” and “want to do.” Manage these items, and learn to say no when you have too much on your plate. Seeing what you have to complete over the next week and being able to cross off each individual item can be appeasing in its own way.
Not everyone can get away from his or her private boarding schools for a quick trip to paradise; however a mini-vacation may be exactly what you need to get through your toughest days. Turn off your computer and step away from all books. Step all the way outside of the library if you need to. Get rejuvenated by giving your brain a break from the continuous pile of work.
One of the greatest things about Wasatch Academy is the amount of attention you get as a student. With dorm parents and academic advisors, no student will struggle or any extended amount of time.
Boarding school parents should do their best to communicate openly with their students. Be ready to give advice, or just be the person they vent to after an extremely busy week. See if there’s anything you can do as a parent to lessen your student’s stress load.