May 30, 2017

Bearcats Blown Away by Chalk Fest -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The New Tardy Policy Pilot Is Over -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SMHS Chalk Fest is an Instant Successes -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chalk Fest is Shaping Up Well This Year -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Boys Volleyball Season Comes to a Close -

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bearcat Chefs Compete in Nacho Contest -

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bearcat Invitational Track Meet a Huge Success -

Monday, May 8, 2017

Concert Band Prepares for Spring Concert -

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Students: “Beware the Banality of a Busy Life” -

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Roger Federer Proves he is the GOAT -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Coach John Tells Us About Boys Tennis -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Olaiha Fonua and His Friend Perform at Green Week -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Eureka, We Built It! -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

International Week Celebrates Diversity -

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

International Week Shines -

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Patent Battle Closed for CRISPR -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Trump’s New Executive Order Is Not Effective -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Uber Drives Itself Into a Corner -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A New Tale That’s As Old As Time -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

“Life” Falls Flat -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

College is Still School

It looks good for college.

This is the supreme justification, the paramount motive, the because before all becauses. College: the heavenly beyond, unsurpassed in importance; we would do nearly anything for an acceptance from anyone on our lists, Ivy to state. Whether it be taking AP classes, getting good grades, joining clubs, getting jobs, playing sports, or preparing for the SAT, if colleges like it, we have no choice but to do it.

Many students spend high school in agony, taking classes they aren’t interested in, mindlessly memorizing facts and promptly forgetting them the moment they bubble in that last question. They spend sleepless nights staring blankly at textbook pages, hating school and wishing they could be doing anything else. But, motivated by the image of admission committees assessing their every score, they carry on, holding on for that moment of relief, that moment that their entire high school career has led to, that moment that makes all the late, stressful nights worth it. They’ve struggled and cheated through these four long years of school to finally get to go to… even more school… ? Is that right? Do they know that college is actually school also?

This is a phenomena that is pretty baffling to me. A student who, for the most part, genuinely enjoys school, I’m always surprised to find people who clearly don’t in my AP classes. I have nothing against people who don’t enjoy school; I know the structured learning that reigns in our education system is not for everyone. This said, I don’t understand why students who have clearly little interest in the subject take AP courses. I don’t understand why they jeopardize their integrities as they strive to do the absolute minimum to scrape a somewhat satisfactory grade. If someone doesn’t like school, they should take easier classes with less workloads to let them spend their time doing things they actually enjoy. Why waste time in a class you’re not interested in? Oh, right, I forgot. It looks good for college.

In our culture, college has become a necessary passage into the workforce; it’s no longer really about education. Going to college has now become an inevitable part of a young person’s life. Personally, I think college is an incredible opportunity to spend four independent years learning about the world and ourselves. However, whether a student has this mindset or not, it’s still likely that they plan to enroll in college after high school. Consumed by society’s insistence that high schoolers continue on to college, students seem to forget that college is actually still school. There’s still classes and tests and lots of work, all the things they hated about high school. Yet, amazingly, they still go. This is probably an important reason why, of those who started school at age 20 or younger, only 59 percent completed a degree, according to Slate.

Students spend their high school careers waiting to go to college, but when they finally get there, I think they’ll find that it’s not too drastically different from the place they couldn’t wait to leave. Of course there are many differences; for one college students have much more independence and control over their education. However, that doesn’t change that it’s still school. To me, it seems like a waste of time for people who clearly don’t like school to spend their childhoods working at school only to continue on to more school. I wish people would spend their time doing things they enjoy, not what society tells them they have to.

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