Some students are more keen than others.
If you’re anything like I was at school, you’ll understand when I say that for the most part school was annoying, difficult and downright boring.
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Since day 1 of high school, getting up in the morning to sit in traffic to go to a place where I’d be forced to do all kinds of things I really just didn’t want to do, was something I highly resented.
I didn’t fit in, I hated being forced to learn things that I wasn’t interested in, and the whole idea of school unity and pride was something I was never enthused by.
What was the point?
I would often think to myself, what good will algebra have later on in life? Why should I bother fitting in with people I’ll probably never see again after school?
I went to school thinking these things every day. The more I thought about it, the more resentful I became of school until I found myself in the headmistress’s office (with my parents and class teacher) with the warning that if I didn’t start making some sort of effort, I’d be asked to leave the school.
I didn't want to leave and have to start all over again at another school.
When I felt the disappointment and upset from my parents, teacher and head mistress, it was enough to make me realise that I really needed to pull my socks up.
Turning over a forest
I only had one more year of school left and I realised that if I pushed past my negative feelings about school and focused on what had to be done, I would still be able to pass matric and hopefully be accepted into college.
I started enjoying school when I started working hard and understanding what I was working towards. I'm happy to say that I passed matric and was accepted into college, but there were a few things I had to change:
1. Setting goals
By understanding that passing school meant that I had a better chance at pursuing my future goals, I was able to hate studying and going to school a lot less.
It also helped me understand the purpose of school and what it meant to take the necessary steps towards reaching my full potential.
2. Keeping it fun
I made an effort to get involved in after-school activities, study groups and school events that I normally wouldn't have participated in. Being able to chat with school friends about subjects or modules I had trouble with, really helped me focus instead of feel overwhelmed by things I couldn't grasp.
I started acknowledging things I did enjoy about school and made the most out of things like: new friends, my favourite teachers, my strengths and subjects I enjoyed. If I woke up in the morning feeling demotivated, concentrating on the things I enjoyed prevented me from being negative for the rest of the day.
I realised that teachers weren't out to get me and that they did want to see me do well. They were on my side, I just had to show that I wanted to do well first.
It might sound lame, but you can do anything you want to do if you put your mind to it. Doing the best you can in school means that you'll be able to achieve your future goals and that you won't end up wishing you could do school all over again.
There are many people who didn't take school seriously and most of them are struggling to get into jobs, never mind reach their dreams.
Focus on the bigger picture and all the other stuff will fall into place.
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