By RACHEL JAFFE, Administration Beat
When school starts, there is an initial rush of excitement. The anxiety over what to wear on the first day, or who is in your physics class, overwhelms the basic fact that this is Stanton College Prep and two weeks into the year, what you wear will be trumped by two AP chemistry, an essay analyzing Keats and the romantic movement, and a full page calculus proof. As a recently promoted slave to education, the new duties and responsibilities of the school year seem like an attackable task that can be completed with little strain. Of course, to the calculator and pen wielding demi-Gods of scholasticism, the ease of Stanton is their truth. But to most others, it is a laugh evoking thought.
After friends reunite and loves are rekindled after a two-month hiatus, the outside attraction to school is mostly lost. The only remaining factors keeping students at school is grades and activities. The first semester exhausts a majority of the student population and after winter break the vigor only declines. Especially as a freshman and sophomore, college appears only in your peripherals; students often get off track from their long-term goals, mostly when the weather warms up and being outside is more appealing than an hour and half lecture on economics. The motivation for school seems to die a little each quarter, collapsing tragically in the last quarter upon arrival back from spring break, which feels more like an evil tease.
“Spring fever” is a common disease that breaks out rapidly in most schools around the end of the school year; however, individuals who attend schools like Stanton are at higher risk for infection. As students enter the last quarter, they flip through their agendas in horror, realizing with fear that summer is a whole nine weeks away. For many, that awful truth causes students to lose motivation completely and spend every class period daydreaming of summer plans. 10th grader Nora Yazgi says she is just ready for summer, “School work has just been so much this year, and I can’t stand it anymore. I’m so looking forward to summer.” By the time progress reports are issued, maintaining the sought after grades that were received in the previous three quarters, loses all prevalence as swimsuit season arrives.The truth is that we only have two weeks left, and then summer is here. It is finally the few days’ students have been dreaming about since, well, the first day of school. So, Stanton students, celebrate. And study, of course, because exams have also arrived. At least we can trust that summer is trailing right behind them, our prayers have been answered.