Imagine a person whose life is filled with so many activities and duties that he or she must schedule time just to hang out and be social. You, parents and teachers of working and full time college students, can imagine how chaotic life would be if different events filled your entire schedule. That scenario is exactly what students must go through every day of a school year and still try to keep their heads high. Students’ lives are not all about having fun, but rather hectic. Through the events of school, work, and organizing free time, a student is easily burned out.
Two main activities of school is going to class and doing homework. These two activities play a major role in determining a work schedule because of the amount of time that must be put forth to be successful in school. You may think that class would not put too much labor on them, but actually class is the most crucial way to burn out a student. Let us say a student has four one-hour classes (the least amount of hours a full time student may take) three times a week. A student must learn twelve hours of new information a week. Try watching six or seven movies and then having to remember all the information in those movies. Now imagine what a student has to learn because remembering so many movies is the same concept as remembering so many lectures. The fact tha many students have more than fifteen hours of school a week is even more troubling than having twelve hours of school a week. By having that many hours class times are well over an hour. Many classes are two hours long which is twice as much information in a week. A student can most definitely create blisters and unbearable cramps from notes taken the whole time period of the class. Another factor that long classes will cause is trying to pay attention. If a teacher runs a class with constant lecturing and no interaction, the probability of staying focused the whole time is very small. Constant lecturing is very taxing because a student cannot ask a question during a break and therefore losing information. Because of the difficulty in trying to just learn from lectures, a student must do his or her homework, which is at least a couple of hours for each section per class. “Why so much?” a reader may ask. The answer is because most teachers feel that their class is the most important. Many of the teachers also have no sympathy for the student and does whatever they need to feed the student information even if making students learn information requires the student to have hours over hours of homework. Added onto homework is the material the student lost during lecture. A student must make missed material his or her duty to find the lost information in the course text used and understand it. So, the student tries to finish homework after classes are all finished. If homework cannot be done, the homework is saved for after work.
Stress from work begins with the start of the shift. Because of the amount of time put into school, a student has a minimum amount of free time (including sleep). The reason why stress starts there is because he or she is already worn out from school. Bosses always find the perfect way to nag an employee by telling the employee to do certain actions. This nagging aids in furthering the stress a nagged student already has from school and homework. After long hours of work, a student will find he or she has some time to finish up on homework. Long hours help students earn money. If homework is finished, the student calls up a friend to find out that friend already has plans. The student will then notice that all of his or her friends are already out and about. Furthermore, his or her girlfriend or boyfriend and friends are all mad at him or her because work will not allow for a descent time to be let off at so he or she can hang out earlier. Frustration sets in and the student tries to organize some time to spend with his or her significant other and friends over the week, but schedules seem to clash and social time is lost.
When social time is lost, a student’s stress level further elevates. The reason for this elevation is because social times give a student a good time. If a student does not have a good time, his or her stress does not have a chance to be released from his or her body. Not having the time to spend his or her accumulated money can be more of an aggravation. The student looks at the clock and notices the time is far past bedtime after realizing he or she cannot organize free time. In the morning the student wakes up and he or she is very much tired form lack of sleep and so the day begins again. The student goes to school, goes to work, and tries to organize free time.
The cycle of a student’s life continues day-to-day. The day-to-day process builds up until a result of burning out comes to play. A recommendation is to not react in an unkind manner so fast if your child or student has forgotten a task. If you sit back and analyze the situation, life would be a little easier. The reason why life would be less troubling is because students become agitated if they won’t even have a chance to be listened to. If they feel they have had a chance to be understood, their relationship with you will be more pleasant and less complicated. Students have a lot to do. So, remember a student when you think of a person whose life is filled with hindering duties and activities . Students know that when you tell them what to do, the knowledge is to their benefit. On a different note, if they are told in a demeaning tone, their reaction might have taken it the wrong way because of the stresses they have to put up with all the time. Let going to school, going to work, and organizing free time remind you that is what a students life is like and how it leads to them being burned out.