The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

Ms. Day speaks to Hockaday students as well as other students in the Dallas area as part of her role to involve Hockaday students in the community and lead them to fulfill their purpose.
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A day with Ms. Day
Sarah Moskowitz and Melinda HuMay 19, 2024

How did you get your start in social impact? Day: Out of college, I decided to do a year in a program called The Jesuit Volunteer Corps. It...

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Lone Star Royalty Q&A
Lang Cooper and Mary Bradley SutherlandMay 17, 2024

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Opinion
Branching Out During Break
Jessica Boll, Web Editor in Chief • May 16, 2024

Instead of lazily lounging by the pool this summer, taking advantage of an academic break is the best usage of the months when we don't have...

Senior Splash Day
Senior Splash Day
May 13, 2024

Aw Shucks, School Sucks!

I think students should have a relaxing summer. We work nine and a half months out of the school year, spending approximately 1,590 hours a year in school. Furthermore, students do work at home after school and on the weekends. That’s dedicating most of our time, for three-fourths of the year to school.  

If students don’t take time off, we will burn out. Pushing yourself to do more academic work than you already do causes unnecessary stress, which can lead to resentment of the work, making you more likely to crash and burn. Taking time off over the summer only increases your chances of committing to schoolwork during the year.  

As Hockaday students, we already work very hard to maintain our grades and stay on top of the workload. We frequently stay up late, wake up early and take time away from something else important to finish schoolwork. In addition to academics, many students are also committed to sports or different extracurricular activities, so having time to just relax becomes an anomaly.  

Relaxing during the summer is important because it gives us time to clear our heads, away from the pressure of school. It is a time to reset and enjoy being a teenager without tests, projects, presentations and homework.  

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I do think it is important to do something during the summer. However, I don’t believe the best way to do that is by participating in more academic activities than we already participate in for over three-fourths of the year. Instead, students should try non-academic activities like volunteering or finding a new hobby. Students can often get so caught up in achieving the most they possibly can, they forget that you are only a teenager once, and the best way to spend your summer is to just enjoy it.  

 

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