Simply Shreya: avoiding the burnout


Morgan Kong

Wingspan’s Shreya Jagan shares her personal take on issues and experiences in her weekly column Simply Shreya.

Shreya Jagan, Managing Editor

The dreaded weeks are upon us.

Every standardized test and AP exam takes place over the course of these two weeks.

You’re probably cramming for every one of your tests right now.

The back and forth of test-taking and studying and emotional draining and exhaustion can be a lot to take in. I mean, the amount of times I used the word “and” in the last sentence tells you how difficult it truly is. It takes a lot out of a person. Especially when that person is taking multiple exams all over a very short time period.

To avoid draining yourself out, remember to take breaks or to divert your mind for a second.

I mean, I can understand how hectic it is right now. Balancing EOCs, six APs, and intensive dance practices isn’t really my definition of easy. But, I understand that it’s important for my future. And that’s why it’s ok to take a break. The fact that you understand that it’s important for your future is more than enough to make you want to do the right thing. It’s more than enough to provide you with that motivation and determination.

If we don’t want to do something, let’s be honest, it’s never going to get done. And even if it somehow does, it won’t get done with the same amount of potential it could’ve had.

So, keeping in mind that you can do it and I can do it, just because we care, put your pencil and paper down for a second and take a breath. Otherwise, you might cause yourself to burnout and that’s just as detrimental to your end result as procrastination and laziness can be in this type of situation.

I know that I sound like a broken record with the message I’m trying to convey but I feel it’s important that I stress the fact that no matter what you’re doing, it’s still important to take care of yourself every now and then.