Transitional Months


It’s that time of year again!  Those awkward transitional months between summer and winter.  As we go on in the year, the mental states of students may start to deteriorate.

There are several reasons for this deterioration. First, it is after a long break with no homework and no worries.  It is like ice cold water was thrown on our faces and we are forced to actually somewhat participate in the daily trials of Chaminade life.  We are hammered with tests, homework, projects, and all those lovely features of school life.  Second, the light at the end of the tunnel seems to be dying out with all the weight of books and homework sitting on top of summer’s flame.  The year is slowly progressing, and summer is still so far away that it is almost non-existent.

So how do you survive these transitional months?  There are three tricks of the trade that I have perfected (or at least tried to perfect) over the years.

  1. Stay Organized.  It is very easy to return to the mentality of break and put off homework until later.  However, later becomes later, and sooner or later, later is too late.  Keep on top of your work and do not slack off.  Even if you are a senior, do not slip away into Senioritis, never to come back again.
  2. Relieve Stress.  Chaminade is known for its heaps of work and the unavoidable stress that follows.  Find a way to deal with this stress through sports, singing, dancing, whatever it may be.  This way, you always have a way to take a deep breath and relax for a bit before returning to your cruel reality.
  3. Finally, when all else prevails, try, try again.  Even when you are bombarded with APUSH homework or are hyperventilating before your Chin test, just remember one thing: all you can do is your best. That is all that is asked of you; put your all into what you do because what you put in is what you get out.