Jasmin Gutiérrez smiles as she prepares to enter the ThunderDome for the March of the Flags at Orange County Leadership Camp during the summer at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Samantha Alarcón

Jasmin Gutiérrez smiles as she prepares to enter the ThunderDome for the March of the Flags at Orange County Leadership Camp during the summer at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Stressed Over Advanced Placement Classes and College

April 6, 2020

Senior and ASB President, Jasmin Gutiérrez, admits that at the beginning of the quarantine, it was difficult for her to adjust to a new schedule and remain focused because she was not in a traditional classroom setting.  

Gutiérrez currently takes five advanced placement courses that include: AP Calculus, AP Physics 1, AP Literature, AP Macroeconomics, and AP Government and Politics. 

She knows her responsibilities when it comes to handling five AP courses but is worried about AP exams. 

College Board, who administers both the AP and SAT tests, decided that AP exams for the 2019-2020 school year will be taken online or handwritten by submitting a photo. Students will choose their own testing window and exams will be 45 minutes long, open book and notes, with only free response questions.

In order to help her cope with this new experience, Gutiérrez tries to choose one subject a day to work on, allowing her to keep busy and continue with her studies. 

It is challenging to manage school work at home, so for that reason, she only does her school work at night. 

“I am definitely less stressed now than I was before because at school, I constantly had to worry about my classes and extracurriculars, so when that (her extracurriculars including being on the Associated Student Body) was taken away, I could focus on myself and my family,” said Gutiérrez. 

However, it is still hard to complete her work because she doesn’t have that one on one connection with her teachers.

As a senior, it’s heartbreaking because she’s not able to spend the last few months of high school with her friends nor teachers that she values and appreciates.  

“I miss having my counselors and teachers for support, especially now that I am deciding my admission to universities. Not being able to personally share with them my successes is devastating,” Gutiérrez said.

“Worst of all, being deprived of my senior activities is still difficult to accept,” added Gutiérrez.

Despite these unprecedented circumstances, Gutiérrez knows that life will eventually go back to normal, so even though it seems like we are in a very, very dark place right now, she has hopes it will get better.

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