Learning to Enjoy School

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Learning to Enjoy School

There’s a scene in the movie “The Rookie” where Dennis Quaid’s character, Jimmy Morris, cheerfully walks into the locker room and says to his teammate, “You know what we get to do today, Brooks? We get to play baseball.”

What a terrific outlook! For MLB players it’s as much their job to play ball as it is your job, as a student, to get an education. I have a a challenge of sorts for all students: I want you to turn going to school into something you get to do and to have a renewed appreciation for the classes you like and the teacher(s) who have dedicated their lives to educating you. Learning to enjoy school is the key to success. Yes, I know it’s second semester and sure, you have to go to school every day of the week and you have a lot of homework, countless projects, and too many upcoming tests but, what if you changed your thinking of school being a drudgery into school being the privilege it is. Just ask Malala Yousafzai or The Lost Boys of the Sudan who were deprived of an education and even had to go in search of a safe haven to live.

It’s not too late to adopt Morris’s outlook and start considering school as something you get to do not just something you have to do. A change in your outlook and approach to the game of school is what separates the successful student from the mediocre student. And I for one want you to be successful in high school and college.

For our seniors, who will be attending college, in as little as five months (!!), I encourage you to think about how you will make your higher education interesting and successful. College will be a major shift for you. No longer will you have to go to class every day, five days a week.  Instead you’ll get to choose your class schedule and sometimes even the professor!

Above all my wish is all students will be excited as Morris knowing that you get to go to school. I hope you make the most of it.

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