As of today, Nuyu is offering classes to 7th graders about how to deal with their stress. These engaging presentations include a round of Family Feud, brainstorming sessions, and introductions to the stress-relieving strategies we have collected for you. In Community Middle School, a West Windsor-Plainsboro middle school located in New Jersey, Nuyu is taking action.
Students collaborate with Ms. Scibienski, one of the CMS counselors to do pull-in lessons for every seventh grader in the building. They teach their peers how to deal with stress, the various components of stress, and the healthy and unhealthy coping strategies students utilise, or not.
There are three main components to stress (at least, for a student). They are home, school, and social. But what can be so stressful about school? As it turned out, lots. Firstly, according to our survey (you will find all the survey data in another post), students were mostly stressed out from having to get good grades. If you've ever been in school, I'm sure you'll understand. Anyways, tests and homework add to that stress.
"I feel as if the only thing in life right now for me is a vicious cycle; one test after another. And when we do get free time, it gets interrupted by other things that our parents want us to do," says Maya Mau, a member of the CmPS group. "All I ever think about it, "get an A, get an A, get an A." And if I don't, well, I don't think you want to go home to a screaming parent (or two)."
And getting good grades isn't the most important thing in life, but to some students, it seems to be. That's what we're trying to help, if not change. There are many things tying into students lives, and we are addressing them as best we can.