By Jennifer Arroyo ’21
Remember elementary school and middle school? Book bags light as a feather, nights ending early, and students did not get a huge volume of homework each night. Now let us talk about high school. Book bags weighing a ton, where it seems students are getting shorter by the day, and nights ending late.
Helen Delgado, a sophomore who takes all honors and AP courses offered to sophomores, explained how she gets “home around 4:15 p.m.” and starts “homework around 5:00 p.m.” While Delgado usually finishes homework around 10:00 p.m. or 10:30 p.m., she mentions that there are some nights where she is up till 11:30 p.m. or 12:00 a.m doing her work.
Likewise, Galilea Bautista, a sophomore who takes regular sophomore classes, mentions that she arrives home around “4:30 p.m. sometimes 5:00 p.m.” However, she does not start as soon as she gets home. Bautista mentions that when she gets home she likes to eat first then start her work, so she does not have to stop doing homework to eat. Bautista, similarly to Delgado, finishes her homework around “10 p.m. when it’s not a lot, but when it is a lot 11:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.”
While both Bautista and Delgado take separate courses, they still finish their homework roughly around the same time.
However, Melissa Figueroa, a freshman who takes regular freshmen courses, finishes homework “around 8:49 p.m. to 9 p.m.” and gets home “ around 4:16 p.m. in the car and around 5:00 p.m. in the bus.”
Both Bautista and Delgado mentioned when do they do have nights with a lot of homework it affects their sleep schedule and are very tired the next day. While Figueroa explained that her sleep is not impacted negatively, she does explain she feels “more pressured by all the homework since in middle school [she] didn’t have homework.”
When doing homework, there are times we might go on our phones and procrastinate on our work. Bautista, Figueroa, and Delgado all mentioned that there are times where they do procrastinate, for example, they go on their phones just to check something but end up being on their phone for a while.
Figueroa mentioned that to continue finishing her homework early she will try to find places to be alone while doing her work because “[she] gets very easily distracted by things around [her].” Delgado states that a strategy she can use to finish her homework earlier on nights where she does have a lot is to “make sure [she] [does not] procrastinate and take all distractions away.” Bautista mentions that she will put her phone away to keep distractions away.
All three girls mention that there are times where their homework affects their lives outside of school because they have responsibilities and have to balance those responsibilities with their school work.