Upper School students at University School of Milwaukee held a panel discussion about a topic that all teens are intimately familiar with: stress. Whether it’s self-imposed or initiated by a parent, caregiver, teacher, friend, or coach, stress is something that everyone experiences at one point or another. The goal of this event was for students to realize that stress is not necessarily a bad emotion, that they are not alone in their feelings, and to learn some strategies for managing stress.
The panel was moderated by Sydney Meinholz ’24 and Erika Schuh ’24, both of who are long-time members of the REDgen student chapter, and included panelists Fernando Islas ’24, Saanvi Sinha ’24, Rachel Attanasio ’25, Lauren Stone ’26, David Moalusi ’26, Carter Boyd ’27, and Hailey Meinholz ’27. Members of the REDgen student chapter determined the questions, which covered topics like students’ biggest sources of stress, methods for managing stress and outside expectations, and balancing school work with extracurricular activities, in advance.
“The members of the REDgen student group were very thoughtful about wanting to do something that would help their peers, and they came up with the idea and with the questions,” said Lizzy Perry, Upper School counselor and REDgen student chapter advisor. “I heard so many different strategies for so many different reasons for feeling stressed, but also so many different strategies for how we support each other and how we take care of ourselves. We hope students left with ideas for how to use stress to their advantage, and for how to deal with it if it becomes overwhelming.”
REDgen is a Milwaukee organization that promotes and advocates for youth mental health and well-being, and USM is one of its partners. For the past six years, USM has partnered with REDgen to host speaker series events throughout the school year, in which nationally and internationally renowned experts speak on a variety of topics, including child care, resilience, parenting, and more.
The next REDgen speaker event is titled "Bridging the Generational Divide" with Rosalind Wiseman on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. Speaker series events are free and open to the public.
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