Any high schooler will take the opportunity to catch up on sleep, and that is just what Joel Barlow High School students did when Hurricane Sandy hit. The students were able to relax and experience “October break” for the second year in a row.
Despite the fact that the week off from school left a lot of time to get ahead on schoolwork, most students did not bother with that. The majority of high schoolers did not even pop open a book until the Sunday before school re-opened.
Though Sandy caused hardship and tragedy for many people, for high school students, it brought rest.
Jeremy Touma, a Barlow junior from Redding, admits that he “used the break to catch up on sleep, not homework.” Jeremy did not look at his work until he realized on Sunday that he would be attending school the next day.
Junior Keri Sullivan of Redding agreed that homework was not on her mind during the week. “I was enjoying the break,” she said. “I knew I would get my work done, I just put it off to the end.”
Others got their work done right away. “I did all my homework the first day because I was so bored,” said Izzy Kominski.
Kerianne Gibney of Redding also got her work done fast, not because of boredom, but because she knew she would be stressed later if she did not.
And it paid off. After she was done, she was able to rest. “It was really nice to have a break,” she said.
The week off sparked a lot of family bonding time. Most Redding and Easton students were stuck inside their houses all week, so they decided to make the best of it.
“I spent the week next to the fire with my family,” said junior Kelly Mahoney of Redding.
“We were forced to be with each other because we couldn’t leave the house,” said Izzy, who admitted she enjoyed the family togetherness.
Without the distraction of Facebook and Twitter, kids focused their attention on their family, something that does not happen too often.
Despite the break from the busy days of school, Kelly still felt the stress. “It was stressful because I knew I had to do work, but I didn’t do it.”
“I slept a lot and caught up on some rest,” said Kelly, who, like many other students, is exhausted after the late nights of homework and getting up for school.
The looming recognition of school the next Monday kept some students from enjoying the days off.
“I did feel more stress as we got closer to going back to school because I anticipated that we would receive a lot of extra work this week to catch up and get more grades in before the end of the quarter,” said Kerianne.
It was not so bad for everyone, though. Keri was able to relax. “I felt a lot less stressed over the break. I was able to catch up on sleep, which was much needed.”
In the stressful world of high school, a few days to rest is more than a teenager could ask for.
In the end, students were able to get their work done, rest up, and they eventually got their power back.