Article by: Andres Cabrera
Students, specifically high-schoolers, manage to exploit themselves to the point of over exhaustion. They set up an intricate web of time-consuming activities, all in hope of making themselves look more appealing in the eyes of universities around the world.
As a member of the student community, and a participant in almost all the co-curricular openings (from driving classes to club foundation,) I possess direct recognition of the lack of sleep that is caused by these sort of events. Whether it’s arriving late after basketball practice to do homework or utilizing my weekend to extend my personal affairs, I seem to lack enough time to implement hobbies or earn sufficient sleep (which at my age should be around eight hours.)
Lionized by authoritarial figures, such as college ambassadors and counselors, projects receive an incoming flock of scholars who want to make their college résumé a picturesque portrait. Such will imply incessant competition between all of those involved, where they strive for perfection by applying constant consideration to their work. This fact will mostly revolve around spending hours in their train of thought; after all, practice makes perfect. Some people even forget the school’s prerequisites, and end up lost in tantrums of bad grades.
Even if it solely meant late night studying and homework, a minimum amount of rest will lower the upcoming attentiveness in class, which will lead to a decreased performance in the nearest assessment, and overall the GPA. Additionally, when the minimum amount of spare time is occupied by sports and/or club involvement, the focus on homework and major classwork is not as elevated.
It is also reasonable to say that students tend to lose enthusiasm in their future, for the current cluster of graded stress turns them into lethargic, slouching bodies. I’ve witnessed, and in some cases underwent, the loss of previously adored phenomenons, such a late night reading. Since students don’t find time for it, and they cannot receive a teacher’s approval for doing so, they lose appetite in what once exhilarated them. Unfortunately, I’m afraid, this is just the start.
Don’t consider me a vile critic, someone who is pleased in loathing school implementation. I’m not trying to come off as cynical; neither am I attempting to be some sort of ANS Robin Hood. I aim to shine some light into popular student opinion, hoping to express the desire of the majority and not the complaints of the minority. I hope this editorial is a demonstration of such.
If there is one statement I wish the reader could remember for the rest of his/her lifetime would be: Don’t find yourself in a selective intersection. If you plague yourself with constant activities, you might lose your trail of reality, of what’s important and what’s not, of what’s deemed worthy at all.
You might not even have the time to decide your future career, thus turning your college planning to a futile high-school diploma.
You might even lose a piece of yourself in the process.