Lately, because most of our senior class is done with testing, actual learning, etc., we’ve been having a lot of downtime. It’s so nice to have some…

Lately, because most of our senior class is done with testing, actual learning, etc., we’ve been having a lot of downtime. It’s so nice to have some space to just relax and not have to exert ourselves too much with our uhm…brainpower and teenaged angst (always a great combination). This downtime can lead to serious deficits in the ability to amuse oneself (lots and lots of boredom), especially when you’re accustomed to being constantly on alert for the teacher calling on you just as you’re about to fall asleep because the lecture just drags on…   Aside from its benefits and in spite of its “perilous” side effects, having some downtime is effective in reducing (I guess) stress. Or at least it that is what I’m telling myself/it allows a temporary distraction from whatever is causing stress. Kind of. I don’t know. I can’t speak for everyone, but I do know that this downtime is really freaking awesome right now (for me), especially after four years of stress/anxiety-laden days, and caffeine-filled nights. Even 10 minutes of relaxation, clearing your mind and whatever is really something I don’t take for granted.   -Allyson