I recently spoke to a group of soon-to-be high school freshmen and freshwomen (also called grade 9s) and their families, on the eve of their official first day of high school. I shared with them three "tips" that would have been useful for me when I was in grade 9 --and studies have shown--to build high school careers on.
For parents, September is already hard, but tack on a teen that is transitioning to a new school--this could be a profoundly nerve racking time. I appreciate that some students transition seamlessly, and if that’s your student, read this article anyways, just for fun--on the patio with a cold drink, of course. So, what are a few ways to decrease that fall anxiety, fear and stress that some students will inevitably face this September?
It’s pretty simple to identify the stresses in a student’s life, what’s difficult is to identify what kind of student the stress lands upon. The bad news is that our students cannot avoid stress, but the good news is they can learn how to cope when they are experiencing it. Our students can learn how to respond to stress today, differently than our ancient ancestors did through our most primitive flight or fight response. Today, more than ever schools and other community partners are providing avenues for students to cope and manage the pressure and stress of life, and these strategies are proving effective in shaping the perception of stress from a hindrance to a help towards their goals.