Turning Stress Into Creativity

Ethan Kirkpatrick, Editor

For many, life has been stressful in the past few weeks. Millions of Americans are filing for unemployment, and millions more are currently working from home, wondering how long their paychecks are going to last. Life is not easy right now, and these hardships aren’t excluding students.

The biggest stress for me has been what any other student’s stresses would be during a normal school year: schoolwork. Like in a normal school year, I have a schedule of what I need to get done throughout the day. Now that I’m at home, I have much more time to work on what I get for my various classes, but I also get the freedom to do the work that I prefer first. However, for many students (including me), the work we get often feels optional, which can easily make an assignment seem much harder than it actually is. Personally, I don’t know of many ways to overcome this other than by pushing through and forcing myself to get it done.

To cope with this stress, I work on composing music that will get my mind off the stress and onto my work. By putting work into my interests, I get into the “mood” of doing work more often, which helps me with my school work.

In a time where everyone is at home, new hobbies can help out students who feel stressed with anything that could be going on in their lives. Meditation, for example, is a very good starting hobby that can bring calmness into one’s life. I meditate every once in a while, and I will say with complete certainty that meditation can definitely help with stress, and depression. ”

— Ethan Kirkpatrick

The truth about current circumstances is that many people are currently in a middle ground between their normal lives and their creative lives. All we need as a society is a catalyst that can push us to go past boredom and into our most creative selves.