The beginning of another high school year is quite the experience. Most of us have let the summer spoil us with late nights and even later mornings; and some of our students here at St. Thomas More probably haven't picked up a book since their exams last year. Once again, summer has come to an end and the reality of school is fast approaching.
There are few heavily anticipated days throughout the school year, but two in particular never fail to excite; the first and last days of school. It doesn’t matter how wonderful our summer has been, most of us are sleepless the night before school begins.
There is a strange excitement that comes over every student on that first day of school. Whether you are a grade nine coming in with a fifty average or a grade twelve with an eighty average, the laws of high school are invalid on the first day. For example:
1.You wake up early and have the willpower not to hit the snooze button on your alarm. 2.You spend a full hour in front of the mirror. 3.You put your uniform on with a smile on your face. 4.You get to school early. 5.You are fully awake and alert despite it being eight in the morning. 6.You’re excited to use those new ultra pens you splurged on. 7.Your whole class greets your teacher with a smile. 8.Everyone pays attention. 9.Everyone uses their brand new agendas. 10.Most teachers try to start work slowly into the course. 11.Repeat rules 6-10 every period of the day.
The first day is like the twilight zone of high school. Now, I’m not saying that high school shouldn’t be like this every day, but it takes approximately three days for us all to succumb to exhaustion and adapt to school life again. This basically entails:
1.Waking up late. 2.Rushing out of the house. 3.Trying to stay conscious. 4.Repeat steps 1-3 until graduation.
Although the first day is something to be excited about, that does not mean our initial behaviour should be a one-time thing. Our goal at STM this year should be to make every day feel as new, exciting and as stimulating as the first day.