Teen stresses change from years ago to present day

Rose Wahlmeier, editior-in-chief

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Dana Hess drops into a spontaneous floor hukey after a 1994 home basketball game, an act which made her late getting home that evening. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Everyone knows how much teens stress nowadays. Have you ever wondered what your parents stressed about when they were your age?
Math teacher Dana Hess said they did not have cell phones in their day. This got them in trouble a couple of times when they were running late.
“We could not text our parents when we finished [cheering]a game, or if we were going to be a couple minutes past when we said.”
History teacher Chris Varvel says, “I think you guys have a lot more work than we did.
“You all have college classes, which we did not have the opportunity to take when I was in high school.”
English teacher Holly Thomsen stated that she did not have an actual job to worry about, but she did work on the farm.
“Most of my stresses are the same as the teens now. I was involved in everything that was offered at my school [so over-busyness was also my issue].”
English teacher Sandy Loucks said students were always doing drugs in the parking lot at Leavenworth High School, and no one did anything about it.
“Also, I never had bell bottom jeans in middle school, and I felt very uncool because of it. I also got zits between my eyes ,and I thought it would be OK to put a round bandaid there. I was quite wrong and regret that now.”
She added that college scouts are actively trying to get student athletes much more actively now. “I tried out for every sport at ESU and had no clue that I was not good enough.”
According to sfgate.com teens are more stressed than adults these days.
Yes, adults have money and mortgages to think about, but according to a study, teens still have it harder.
School is the number one stressor in this generation, not to mention sports, clothes, and social status.
Math teacher Gayle Haselhuhn had another view on the topic. “We did not have the best transportation like nowadays.
“I would get left places because my parents did not know about having to pick me up because we did not have communication.
“I would have to go find the nearest pay phone to try and get someone to come and get me.”
She also talked about the ACT. They were told that they needed to take it; that was it. They had no prep classes at all. It did not seem very important back then.
“Of course there were still the same stress about fitting in, having friends, and getting a date to Prom.”
Many issues over the years do seem to have changed, though.


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