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Staff Editorial: Keeping Focus Near End of School Year

Staff Editorial

Summer break is only 28 days away. However, now is not the time to slip into bad habits and practices. Though the end of the year is near, it is extremely important for students to focus on maintaining the same academic standards that they started the school year with. It is easy to stop doing homework or to stop caring about the grades that are received with thoughts of summer burgeoning in students’ heads. However, to stop trying during the final stretch of school may be enjoyable for the moment, but it can be extremely detrimental to one’s future.

Even with the shrinking amount of school left, there is still time to improve grades to ensure one is in good standing before departing from school. Even for seniors who plan on attending college with the debilitating “senioritis”, it is integral to keep the academic standard that helped them get into their school, because most acceptances to these colleges are with the stipulation that the student does not slack off in the final days of their final year. For the underclassmen, and seniors alike, teachers are still teaching useful information that will be useful in the next level of classes; By not paying attention or not taking school seriously students will hinder themselves from fully understanding concepts when they are expected to know them in the next year.

It is not the summer yet, so students need to keep themselves focused on the goal of finishing the year with strong academics rather than with regrets about knowing that they could have done better. There is still time to improve grades and conversely, there is still time to harm grades as well. Students need to keep their futures in mind before they decide not to be studious because of the impending summer.

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    Busola OlanrewajuJun 5, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Not slacking off is easier said than done and I know this from experiencing senioritis. I know I slacked off a bit towards the end of the year. Although it wasn’t enough to do great damage. Even though it is hard, it is very important for students to keep their eye on the prize and finish the school year with a bang.

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    Tasia FaulconMay 28, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    This article is so true, I find myself not wanting to do work, or putting forth the effort that I should be. This atricle is a good push to other students who feel the same. I really like the cartoon that goes along with this article. I love how the train hasn’t stopped, but continues on, as a symbol of the future.

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    Kayla BishopMay 28, 2012 at 9:49 am

    This article was a great idea because i myself as well as many of my friends as seniors have really started slacking off since it is so close to graduation, but the article is a great reminder that we all need to stick it out and stay focused in class. Because even though there may only be a few weeks left slacking off can really hurt your grades still. I really liked this article it had a great topic and was really well written.

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    Sarah Beth HowardMay 26, 2012 at 11:28 am

    There also is a moral standpoint that can be taken by this. Just because the end is in sight does not mean that you will feel better about yourself for slacking off. It can be similarly compared to an employee handing in their two weeks, and not finishing the job they were going to do. It looks really bad for future employment, and the former employee will probably regret future consequences. Although this point is entirely true, ruining your reputation in high school is a distinct possibility as well. And even though you think the work is pointless, the reward is that you have a few more weeks with your friends who are graduating or in the same class.

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    John ShumarMay 23, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    The final stretch leaves plenty of time to make a comeback or have a fall out. It is important that we all end strong. I find it so hard to focus, especially with the warm outdoors, but it is important. I sometimes think, however, that teachers should try to appreciate that we are just kids who have troubles focusing and hit us less projects near the end of the year.

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    De'Alva GlaspieMay 23, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    The closer we get to the end of the year we start seeing students turn from actual students to excited teenagers. These few weeks we have left shouldn’t be the end of our education. Throughout the summer students should keep up with their education, I’m not say excessive book work and studying but there are plenty of activities that are both fun and educational (i.e. college programs). Summertime is not a time for slacking its a time to continue learning with just a little bit more fun added to it.

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    Stephen BrockwellMay 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I am happy to see the ideas evoked by this article. Encouraging students to continue doing their best, rather than slack off as the school year draws close to its conclusion, is a great message. Summer may be close, but we are still far from being on vacation.