Balanced workload crucial in student mental health
By Jack Cahill ‘17 THE ROUNDUP In a rigorous academic environment such as our own, it is crucial that students are conscious of their stresses and anxieties. While mild amounts of stress can build incentive, excess school stress can induce anxieties and depression. As opposed to treating stress as a natural byproduct of a rigorous school, students and faculty should work to address stress and school anxiety as a legitimate…
Media adds stress to busy teen lives

By Eric Villanueva ’11
With his thumb, Cyrus Afkhami ’11 pushes up on the screen of his friend Jeff Pisauro’s ’11 iPhone 3GS and counts the number of texts Pisauro has received so far that day.
“One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight,” Afkhami counts as he scrolled on Pisauro’s phone. Pisauro grabs the phone back.
All eight texts were from one of five conversations Pisauro was having simultaneously at lunch.
By the end of the day, Pisauro said he will send and recieve about 150 texts and will spend about one hour texting, which falls in line with research on teen texting.

Stress unavoidable for busy students

By Michael Moroney ’13 and Brian D. Brannon ’11
Nick Giancola ’12

Brophy student Nick Giancola ’12 is one of the busiest kids on this campus.

He is involved in an assortment of in and out of school activities along with taking multiple honors and AP classes.

As a person with things to do at every moment of every day, Giancola said it is important to find a balance because stress greatly affects him.

Tablets, technology add new element to teen stress

By Chris Baca ‘11

The lives of Brophy students are permeated by the plethora of technology that students have at their disposal.

“One of the things we all need to consider is that we need to process more stimuli now than ever before,” said Head Athletic Trainer and P.E./Health Department Chair Mr. Chris White.

Every student, simply by going to Brophy, is exposed to a larger amount of time on the computer compared to a student going to another school because of the Tablet computer program.

Brophy breeds workaholics, perfectionists to certain degree

By Alex Stanley ’12

There is a fine line between wanting to get good grades and obsessing over them.

There comes a point when the pursuit of academic perfection goes too far and becomes workaholism.

“As a counselor, I have seen students that put a tremendous amount of pressure on themselves, and they work to the point of making themselves sick,” said Brophy counselor Mr. Frank Antonioli.

Final exams necessary to achieve college prep education

By Sean Harris ’11

As the first semester rapidly winds to a close, it can be easy for students to catch themselves daydreaming in class about their Christmas vacation.

However, there is one final hurdle that a student must overcome before their Christmas break fantasies can be fulfilled. This hurdle comes in the form of final exams.

Final exams, which run three days during the last week of first semester stand between students and their freedom. There is no doubt that final exams cause stress in the community; the question becomes is it enough to warrant a change.

Students face stress at home, conflicts with school work

By Mason Smith ’11

Have you ever found yourself thinking about something that happened last night during an important class lecture?

Do you find yourself thinking what your parents or girlfriend might have said to you?

Was it negative or positive?

What is going to happen today when I get home? Will I face the same lecture from my parents tonight?

Advanced classes causing unnecessary stress for students

By Greg Goulder ’13

Any student at Brophy is familiar with the feeling of stress from class work, but is all of this stress really necessary?

It is known that a small amount of stress is beneficial because it provides motivation to finish assignments.

However, too much stress can cause students to rush through schoolwork and lower the quality of the finished assignments.

Ever-growing competition raises stress level among student athletes

By Ian C. Beck ’12 & Tyler J. Scott ’12

In “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby lives by the motto “If you ain’t first, you’re last.”

This win-or-go-home attitude has extended from the surreal world of Hollywood action comedies to the all-too real world of high school athletics.

Brophy is seen by many as an athletic powerhouse. Visitors who enter the Robson Gymnasium will see the multitude of championship banners that plaster the interior of the gym like red and white wallpaper.

But with such levels of success comes an expectation to win that has its drawbacks for student athletes today.

Technology adds to stress, boundaries need to be set

By Colin M. Prenger ’11

It is late at night, and you are just starting an essay due the next morning, but your buddy just sent you a hilarious video on YouTube.

All of a sudden you are caught in the endless list of “other viewers watched this.”

One, two and then three hours fly by.

At some point or another, many students, including myself, have experienced this awful situation to some degree.