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Why Webb should give seniors a day off every month

Matthew Gaw
Matthew Gaw (‘21) and Gregory Tolmochow (‘21) enjoy a break from the screen, biking on Mt. Baldy while observing the Covid restrictions of California.

November and January are the scariest months in any high school senior’s life; college applications loom over every agenda. Yet, during these pressing times, seniors are faced with the heaviest course load of their high school careersSome take all Advanced Studies courses, and every senior, regardless of rigor, faces the pressure of high expectations. Their work is held to higher standards, and they practically have an additional class with college guidance.  

“Life has been pretty miserable throughout online school this year,Marshall Olmos (‘21) said. “There is very little structure to my schedule, and I find that my lack of discipline hurts me, especially with the workload I signed up for along with college applications.  

And Marshall’s concerns are not unique. Many other students, especially seniors, feel similar pressures. That is why The Webb Schools need to adopt a monthly senior day for the months before college application regular decisions are due in January. Each month, seniors should be able to take one day of their choosing off with no repercussions to deal with their college applications.  

Mental health is an increasingly important issue with the advent of online learning. And seniors need stability to submit their best work both for college and high schoolA day off would give students time to recalibrate, plan the month out, and catch up on work they might have missed trying to hit a deadline for college.   

“It is incredibly helpful when teachers are accommodating and understand when assignments are late,Marshall said. “It’s hard to find days to take a step back and enjoy life when there is a constant cloud of work hovering over me, which also hurts as far as mental health goes.” 

“A day off would allow a much-needed break before transitioning into new units for classes,Gregory Tolmochow (‘21) said. “Wednesday’s off only allow us extra time to finish work whereas a day off at the end of the month can be solely for getting out and not having to worry about school.” 

In addition, a day off can aid with physical health. Every day, students spend hours on Zoom.  And if they have leadership positions, additional meetings can add many more hours. Extreme screen time helps no one and if any student is feeling overloaded with their screen time, the day off can give them time to go outside and reset.   

“I would really appreciate a day off every month to focus on my workouts and prepare for the upcoming volleyball season.” Alex Xiao (‘21) said. “I think the balance between online learning and physical activity is a critical balance to strike and this day off would help me mentally reset and attack the new week with a fresh mindset.” 

“I’ve been focusing a lot on my physical health in quarantine.” Abbie Arroyo (‘21) said.And even just having Wednesdays off gives me more time to exercise and catch up on work. Aside from these times though, I think seniors could benefit from having a day off even just once a month to take a day off and do what they need to do because I know how stressful college apps can be. 

Ultimately, Webb needs to find a way to address the pressures seniors face. Regardless of whether they adopt a senior day, seniors should face more leniency considering their course load and college applications. Sure, we chose our classes and we signed up for the heavy work, but no one really knew what online class would entail. Although Webb has offered a lot of viable resources, they should consider a senior day because there is never too much when it comes to the health of students.  

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Yiyi Ouyang
Yiyi Ouyang, Co-Editor of Opinion
Yiyi Ouyang (‘21), out of Diamond Bar, CA enters his senior year as Webb Canyon Chronicle’s Editor of Opinions. Besides his leadership role on the Journalism team, Yiyi is also chief editor of the yearbook and a member of the Honor Committee. In his free time, Yiyi enjoys playing basketball, golf, as well as going hiking. Though the pandemic hasn’t allowed him to partake in these activities very often, he has been able to pass the time by watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine and That ‘70s Show. Now that school is back in session, Yiyi is looking to make the most out of his final year at Webb. As an editor for WCC, he hopes to create a safe space and wants students to feel comfortable submitting content.  
Matthew Gaw
Matthew Gaw, Chief Editor of Sports
Matthew Gaw (‘21), hailing from Hong Kong, is currently the Webb Canyon Chronicle’s Chief Sports Editor. With his growing passion for sports, Matthew enjoys watching the NBA, NFL, and the English Premier League. During his free time, he is also an avid lover for hiking, road-biking, and wakeboarding. With the California Wildfires going on nearby, Matthew wants to be an advocate to spread awareness about climate change. In addition to Matthew’s love for the outdoors, Matthew looks forward to being the alamo dorm prefect, along with being aadmissions ambassador. Matthew plans to use these positions to be a role model to his peers, along with helping others feel comfortable at Webb. Before he completes his senior year, he plans on putting up a memorable show in the Spring Musical, which he has been heavily involved in in the last few years. He also hopes to explore a wider variety of topics and venture outside of his comfort zone of writing sports for the Webb Canyon Chronicle.

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    Mason Stallings | Nov 23, 2020 at 4:45 PM

    The only seniors that deserve a day off are the elderly teachers and workers at Webb who provide for the school and campus. As students, school is our duty.