Written By: Austin Szubryt
When people ask me if I like school, I’m somewhat hesitant to say, “Yes.” I like hanging out with other people and doing meaningful stuff while I’m there, but it has its gripes. For honor classes especially, the work load can be overwhelming at times. For those of us who aren’t blessed with an IQ of 130 and up, studying can also be an issue. And of course there’s simply getting the motivation to do anything (as of writing, I should be doing bio homework or reading my psychology book). For what it’s worth, the school Ryan and I attend is pretty rigorous. I know that plenty of people have remarked about the mountains of work that need to get done and cramming is a pretty big problem from what I can tell. Some classes in particular (I’m calling you out, Chris) can be pretty unforgiving, and a lot of people just want to give up. Heck, there have been hundreds of times when I asked myself whether or not the effort is worth it.
In general, the effort probably is worth it. For as difficult as school and life can be, it means something. Until a few months ago, I still didn’t know if all my elbow grease made any difference. It does, though. It just shows up in really small ways and where you don’t expect it to be. It doesn’t feel like it makes any impact, but it does.
Teachers care, albeit to varying degrees. Your peers and family care. Even if it’s just your parents checking your grades, know that someone gives a hoot about it. Whoever you are, you carry some weight with your actions. That’s why we have counselors and people to talk to. That’s why our family checks our grades and why our friends wonder how we’re doing.
My biggest complaint with this whole thing, though, is that people only look at what went wrong. Parents and teachers talk to us about something we performed poorly on, but I don’t see nearly as many compliments being thrown around. On some essays or projects or exams we might get a thumbs up or a smile, but I feel like it doesn’t happen enough.
For whatever your standards are, pat yourself on the back every now and again. It’s harder to get through life double-checking our errors without glancing at our victories, big or small. Yes, we should focus on the mistakes we make, but we shouldn’t forget that we are capable of doing great things. Even if it’s just passing a class, it doesn’t hurt to get a compliment or recognition. A little love can go a long way.
This is one of our new self-help resources available to our Ambassador community. Here we will feature the thoughts, questions, and insight of the our fellow Ambassadors. You can even leave comments of encouragement or feedback to fellow Ambassadors that may be having a tough time.