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May has arrived, and it is the month of the year in which students study for hours and get little sleep. For many teenagers at Los Alamos High School, finals are inevitably one of the most stressful times of the year.
With finals week fast approaching, some students are starting to crack under the pressure while others are thriving from the stress, gearing up to finish out their school year with a bang.
Different teenagers handle stress in their own ways, which sheds a behind-the-scenes light on what really goes on when students are cramming during these last few weeks of school.
LAHS senior Alexandra Berl takes four Advanced Placement classes, which entails four AP exams as well. These tests take copious amounts of time to study for and multiple hours to complete.
Her trick to relieving stress? “Nutella, swimming, reading, coffee, laughing, movies (and) sleeping,” Berl said.
She loves her AP classes. Her interest in the subjects motivates her to do her best, and she loves the bond that she feels with the other AP students.
However, it’s not all fun and games. She agrees that AP classes are most stressful during finals.
“Mostly, I try to focus on what will matter in the long run … Sleep is so, so important,” Berl said.
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