Stop Stress

Written By: Ava Glassen, Carly Yasko, and Amanda Wertheimer
The Best Ways to Not Stress Out During Finals
With the school year coming to an end and summer nearing closer, it is easy to lose focus on tests, homework, and other things school-related. But before the fun of summer can begin, everyone first has to get through finals and AP testing. As the countdown until the end of school begins and finals quickly approaching, it can be natural to stress out and lose patience. Especially at this time of year, it's important to stay focused and calm throughout the last couple of weeks. Here are a few tips to help you to keep pushing through the end of the school year:
  1. Make sure to get enough sleep leading up to and during finals week. Although you might feel like you need to stay up late and cram in studying and homework, getting a decent amount of sleep will ultimately help you the most.
  1. Study in advance, so that you do not have to stay up late. By beginning to study in the weeks leading up to finals, it leaves less on your plate during finals week. With less to do during that week, you will be left a lot calmer and less stressed out. It will also make it easier to get enough sleep before your tests because you will have less to do.
  1. Plan out your after school activities- between sports, clubs or anything else that you are involved in, you can easily “over-book” yourself. Make sure that you are giving yourself enough time to get your homework done before you plan anything else.
  1. Stay organized and on top of any work and studying you have by using a planner. By using a planner you have your whole schedule laid out before you, so that you can plan out when you will study and do any extra homework you may have.
  1. Study strategically: start studying things that you know will definitely be on the test. It is important that you start with things that are on the test for sure, in case you run out of time and cannot finish studying.
  1. Get some exercise if you are ever feeling too stressed out. Go on a walk or run just to get your mind off of the idea of all of the tests. Overthinking your tests will not help or change the results at all.
Ultimately, the most important thing to do during finals week is to stay calm, relaxed, and confident. Maintaining a positive mindset will keep yourself, focused a ready to go. Just know that doing your best on finals will send you into summer feeling on top of it and accomplished. Do not let your workload get to you, take a deep breathe, and just realize that summer is just around the corner, so leave all your hard work on the table because you have nothing to lose.

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Mixing it Up: Mingling with the Sailor Community

Written By: Kyoko Downey “There are 2400 students at NHHS, Meet Them” For weeks the colorful posters have decorated every hallway advertising the *Bridges’ first ever Mix-it-Up at lunch, members handing out lollipops, sign-up sheets in hand collecting names and numbers for the highly anticipated event. Come April 27th a wave of curiosity came awash campus as rows of tables extended past the science stairs and zen garden, every blue chair quickly inhabited by a smiling face, most of which reached for one of the many plentiful treats to be found. President of the organization, Jose a la Torre beckoned and welcomed all to join in the activity, speed friendships, which as the name lends itself is a more platonic, less pressured version of speed dating, assisted by a single question each round to deter chances of awkward encounters. And so, it began with a mixture of smiles, nods, and handshakes as names and ideas were exchanged the entirety of that very special extended lunch. Students of every ethnicity, grade, and background conglomerated into a medley of friendliness in a  judgement free environment to step outside atypical friend zones and cliques. Despite the enticing ideals of friendship, incentives were put in place, raffle tickets drawn a multitude of times with awards of gift cards to In-n-Out and Yogurtland which for those lucky students such as sophomore Natalie Gess made the event “worth it and then some.” Among the most prominent clubs on campus, Bridges had been working tirelessly for the gratification of hosting the single day with planning, poster making, and advertising, the genuine smiles plastered onto each member’s face, most especially coordinator and staff adviser, Mrs. Pogue, demonstrating the obvious pride and feelings of success from one of their biggest projects to date. While perhaps it did not cause immediate relationships, the event displayed for many students, those watching and participating, the uplifting individuality of every student at Newport Harbor and ease of finding a kind face willing to both listen and talk. Truly following their mantra, the walls of the sailor community are slowly being torn down, and bridges in their replacement. *Bridges is a primarily student-run organization on the Newport Harbor Campus that is focused on the unity of the sailor community and features an open leadership system. For those interested in participating and planning such events they meet every Thursday in Mrs. Pogue’s room Sims 286

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