Extra Hour Column

CENTRAL STUDENTS FOCUS ON TIME-- Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted. ~ John Lennon

Shelby Campbell

CENTRAL STUDENTS FOCUS ON TIME– “Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.” ~ John Lennon

People often find themselves wishing for more time in the day… but to do what? The Central Digest explored this question by asking students and staff what they would do with exactly one extra hour (60 minutes, 3,600 seconds) in the day.

“If I had an extra hour in the day, I’d save the world,” said sophomore Austin Rosenzweig.

While some students would take their extra hour to an extreme, most of them agreed that they would sleep more or hang out with friends. The average high school student gets only seven hours of sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a teenager in high school needs at eight to ten hours of sleep in order to function the best during school hours. Only 15% of high schoolers nationwide reported getting more than eight hours of sleep. Having an extra hour in the day could provide students with the ability to get that extra hour of sleep in order to do their very best in class.

“If I had an extra hour in the day , I would use it to just relax because I don’t have ever many chances to do that. Of course, if I had an extra hour in the school day, I’d use it for planning and grading papers. I never have enough time for that,” commented English teacher, Mrs. Sally White.

Teachers like Mrs. White are always complaining about not having enough time to grade papers, read essays, plan future lessons, or just complete their own personal things. Many teachers simply wish they had that extra hour to relax after a long day of standing at the front of a room teaching.

Students often wish they had more time in the day to get other things done such as school work, extracurriculars, or playing a sport. High school students are always saying how they do not have enough time to complete that essay that is due tomorrow or that homework that was assigned the week before.

“If I had an extra hour, I’d definitely use it finish my school work, read a book, or play a sport,” said Emily Brandon.

Students at Central High School agree that they simply do not have enough time to get everything done, especially with having seven classes this year instead of four like last year. Seven classes’ worth of homework can take from three to four hours to complete, leaving little to no time to do anything else. Many high school students across the nation said that, more often than not, the amount of time they spend on homework cuts into the amount of time they get to sleep. In other words, spending three to four hours on homework could mean you lose three to four hours of sleep.

“I constantly hear myself saying, ‘I don’t have time’. I think an extra hour would allow me to not be as frustrated and pressured, ” stated sophomore Tanya Arkushenko.

Some say that another hour could change their whole day, allowing more time for extracurriculars and hobbies. Others say that an extra hour is simply not enough time to get anything done, so there is no point in even having it.

“Having an extra hour in my day wouldn’t really affect me in anyway,” said Mackenzi Logan.

Unfortunately, 25 hours in a day is not possible… but we will do the best we can with the 24 we have been entrusted with.

“Time is a precious thing and once it’s gone, you can’t get it back,” concluded Tanya.