The Grind from Winter to Summer

The gap between winter break and spring break is a long three months, and it can often be difficult for students to stay focused during this time. Breaks are a time for students to relax, destress and not have to worry about their busy school lives. During these months without breaks, students have to stay on top of their work, while also making sure to take care of their mental health. 

“Late February and March tend to be my slowest months,” sophomore Abby Cheung said. 

“It’s hard because the second semester tends to come with a heavier load, and it’s hard to manage for a while without a break.” 

Counselor Kim Gill also believes these months are a harder time for students.

“Students often feel tired and unmotivated during these months. Students often come to counselors for help during this time, as it is often helpful to talk with a counselor or therapist in order to do and feel the best you can,” Gill said.

Cheung shares that these months bring both physical and mental challenges. 

“This stressful time makes it harder to keep my energy up while taking care of my mental health,” Cheung said.

Breaks also allow time for reconnection with family and loved ones, as such relationships can often be damaged when students are too busy or stressed to maintain these relationships.

“I appreciate breaks, because I can spend time with my family and friends without the stress of school looming over me,” Cheung said. 

However, there are ways to overcome burnout and stress, such as meeting with a counselor or a therapist to better fit your needs as a student.