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Stress gets the best of Staples

Julia Ethier

Coffee, sunlight, and stress.

In moderation, all can have benefits. But can there be too much? For Staples students already stressed out, that’s the question.

Stress is very prevalent within the Staples community. Math teacher Bill Walsh allows kids to reschedule if they have more than three major tests in one day. He said that at every test, out of a class of about twenty-five students, at least one or two students reschedule.

Walsh said three or more tests in a day is too much for stressed out students.

“The students can get too hyped up for the tests and do badly,” he said.

Nurse Libby Russ agreed with Walsh and said that easily 50 to 60 percent of kids limp to the nurse’s office for stress.

Russ explained that students often complain of a stomach ache or exhaustion, but stress is the actual culprit. “Stress is a very real feeling,” she said.

According to, too much stress can lead to depression. A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that people who went through stressful ordeals were more likely to suffer from colds.

Stress has also caused elusive sleep patterns for both Samuel Adelmann ’14 and Alexa Davis ’15.

“My breaking point was when I was so stressed out that I came home knowing I had loads of homework to do but instead crashed in my bed and slept for three hours,” Davis said. She  then stayed up all night finishing her work.

However, Adelmann said, stress isn’t always negative.

“It’s good to a certain extent because it gets me going,” he said. He explained that stress once resulted in an “A” on his math test because he was motivated to work hard.

“Each person has to understand what is good for them and at what point stress becomes a detriment,” he said.

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From the time she could talk, Claudia Chen ’16 was always keeping herself busy whether it was scoring points on the tennis court or writing stories and poems. At a young age Chen ’16 knew she wanted to be a writer. She would write poems and stories on whatever she could get her hands on. She said, “One time I tried to write a novel and I was so excited”, Chen ’16 said while laughing, “70 pages into it and I swear it made zero sense.” This her second year writing for Inklings and she couldn’t be more excited to bring her love of writing to Inklings. She believes that Inklings is a great opportunity to practice her writing skills in a realistic sense. When Chen ’16 isn’t writing you can find her on a tennis court. She hasn’t played for Staples tennis but she’s hoping to in the spring. She likes to de-stress on the tennis court and have a good time. She sounds like your all-American girl but that’s not the case. Her parents were born in China resulting in Chen’s first language being Chinese. It doesn’t just end there; her grandparents come from Austria. She loves the idea that she comes from so many different cultures. As hard as Chen ’16 works, she wants to make the most of junior year and have a good time being an upper-classmen. As hard as she works on her serves in tennis and critiquing her writing skills she says what she hopes to get out of life is, “It sounds cheesy but I want to know that I made a difference in at least one person’s life.” That’s a goal we should all strive for. Claudia Chen ’16 could not be more excited for what her junior year holds.

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