Keep it together until summer

May 20, 2014

By Erika Kumar

NEW — 12:18 p.m. May 20, 2014

As always, the school year has miraculously flown by. A mere four and half weeks remain until the beginning of summer break.

It is particularly common for students to slack off around this time of year, which is entirely understandable. The sunshine calls you outdoors and, in the heat, an ice cream run never sounds better. Plans for summer distract you, and it has become exceedingly challenging to concentrate on your work.

Seniors especially have difficulty focusing, with prom and graduation fast approaching. Besides, they’ve already completed the college application process, so why keep up the grades?

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

Regardless of how difficult it is, you’d best be studying hard. Underclassmen, your grades are an important factor in your college acceptances. And to all the lackadaisical seniors out there, don’t let your grades drop too much. Colleges do expect you to maintain (to a certain degree) your grades.

A letter from Wesleyan University to an accepted senior read: “At this point, the single most important thing you can do to prepare for four tremendous years at Wesleyan is to keep your ‘nose to the grindstone and shoulder to the wheel.’ To be more specific, we expect you to continue the courses that you committed to take, to maintain achievement commensurate with your ability, and to sustain your extra-curricular commitments and leadership.”

Besides, for the past couple of years you’ve worked so hard to keep up your academics, it would be a shame to let it go now.

As the end of the school year is coming up, it’s all right to be excited and look forward to summer break. Just be sure to keep your eagerness in check. We still have a month of school left, and a very important month at that.

Work hard, study for your finals, and it will pay off. With a strong finish to the school year, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy summer to its fullest!

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