Student Spotlight!

Student Spotlight!
Posted on 11/12/2018

Student Spotlight!

Get inspired!

Each month we’ll highlight one student who exemplifies EOM’s Student Wellness monthly theme. Learn how these students take on the challenges—and reap the benefits—of prioritizing their own health and wellness.

November: Mindset/Stress Management

Simon DeGuire

Grade 11

What he does:
All his school work at school!
Simon doesn’t even bring a backpack to and from school; he works hard to finish his work during the school day, either in class or at lunch.

Why he does it:
“The stress of school is repetitive; it’s always there, so I make sure to take time at home for myself.” Simon ensures he has time for his interests: biking, word carving with his dad, playing video games and playing basketball with his friends.

Simon wants to pursue a career as a locomotive engineer, an interest he has had since childhood. “I used to live in a big house with a yard near train tracks and I loved watching the trains go by.”

Why the strategy works for him:
Simon learned how to accept what works for him. “I never did homework in elementary school and told my mom I’d start in high school, but I never did.” So he had to find another way to manage his school work and stress. Keeping school at school made that possible.

What his mindset is:
Simon sees the fun in subjects even if he feels he doesn’t excel at them. “I’m not that strong in math, but I really like it.” And he works at it. He’s seen his marks rise over the past two years. He says he’s not sure how well he’ll do in the subject next semester, but he’s keeping a positive attitude. “I can handle it.”

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