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The Halloween hassle: stress over sweets


Looks like this Halloween, Staples students will be studying instead of trick-or-treating; taking notes instead of candy. Their most elaborate costumes will be Stressed-Out-Student, which, as we all know, is nothing out of the ordinary.

While the majority of teachers have lessened up the workload, some remain adamant in their assignments despite the holiday festivities that have unfortunately fallen on a school night.

“So far I have a decent amount of homework,” Rachel Beck ’15 said on Wednesday night. “Not too much, but I’m sure I will get even more and have to stay up late finishing it.”

Similarly, Jenna Levantin ’16 had both a big test and a project due Friday, making it difficult for her to make Halloween plans.

Other students, however, remained optimistic.

“I don’t think we will get a lot of homework,” Hannah Berggren ’15 said. “It’s only the beginning of the quarter and the teachers will give us a break.”

Either way, students were determined to make the most of Halloween. Many still planned on celebrating with friends, and even trick-or-treating, while others pushed their plans forward to the weekend.

“I’m not too happy about Halloween being on a school night because I still have practice and homework, so it makes it hard to enjoy the occasion,” Malin Hovstadius ’15 said Thursday afternoon. “But, Halloween is only once a year so we must as well embrace it and have a good time.”

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Daniela Karpenos ’15, a dedicated member to Inklings, is not just an important part of the paper, but she is also very educated in the field of psychology. When Karpenos isn’t playing Tennis for Trumbull or the Wreckers, or organizing charity events for her temple youth board, or speaking Russian with her twin, or fulfilling her duties as Web News Editor of Inklings, she is working hard to become a well-studied psychology student. Karpenos has worked on Inklings for three years, and her senior year marks her first position on the paper. She took the Intro to Journalism class in freshman year and has been on the paper from sophomore all the way to senior year. She has progressively gotten more involved, as she started taking photos freshman year and worked her way up to a News Editor position this year. Karpenos is also passionate about psychology. She plans to major in Clinical Psychology when she goes to college. In the summer of 2014 she interned at the Yale Child Studies Center where she was entering and validating data. She also participated in an ongoing study about A.D.D. where Yale is attempting to develop a game that would help kids with A.D.D. focus better. In the summer of 2013, she went to the Yale Explo -- where she worked on her creative writing and studied psychology. It is clear that Karpenos is a dedicated learner and when asked about her career choices she said she wanted to pursue psychology and, “Although I don’t see myself in a journalism career I definitely will use skills I’ve developed here.”

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