Archive for June, 2016
As we get closer to graduation, we look back on all of our wonderful years spent in the Rutgers Prep Upper School. From Spirit Weeks to Burger Blasts and everything in between, it’s been a fun two years. But it hasn’t all been peachy keen.
Although we suffered under tarps surrounded by bears in the pouring rain and endured two mile hikes to our camp sights, we were comforted in knowing that we were not alone, and that the Class of 2018 would soon share our hardships. But that was not the case. The Class of 2018 “camped” in cabins with fully functioning bathrooms, showers, and decent food.
Many of us juniors remember taking Introduction to Chemistry and Physics as our first science class in our high school careers. As fresh-men, we didn’t think twice about it, since it gave us a solid foundation for years to come. But little did we know that by our sophomore year, ICP would no longer count as meet- ing a chemistry or physics require-ment. We’ve still been given plenty of time to complete these credits, but a little heads up would have been appreciated.
Instead, the Class of 2017 ended up going to Newark on a sweltering spring day to see the minor league baseball team, The Newark Bears, play for three hours straight. It was quite underwhelming compared to going to Philly.
Google tells me that “uggh” and “ngngh” can be written to express the sound made when a student hears something that causes annoyance or displeasure.
First of all, I don’t like the “flipped” moniker. It sounds too much like a buzzword or fad.
Ironically, kids that never like to be told what to do and when to do it are uncomfortable when given academic freedom.
In many cases this could mean teachers expect students to watch videos at home and engage in activities in the classroom.
I think the issue for students is they don’t know how to handle freedom.
Being proactive is hard; it’s easier to jump when the teacher says jump.
What are you being prepared for? What is your ultimate goal when you leave here? Go to college and get a job?
I was woefully prepared for freedom in college because I was never challenged to find my own way through high school.
I just had to keep making mistakes and keep learning from them. No one gave me an instruction manual for life.
If you know me, then you know I am all about having fun, but I’ve learned how to compartmentalize my life and find rewards in my work.
The time you spend relaxing and having fun is much more rewarding when you know you’ve earned it and unfinished obligations aren’t nagging you in the back of your brain.
You have more time for friends and family. You can travel and pursue hobbies. You can take up a leadership position in a club or organization.
The next time a teacher gives you an opportunity to approach your education your own way, seize it. Don’t whine about it, don’t drag your feet, and in the name of all that is holy, don’t say, “Why doesn’t the teacher just teach me!?”
Take the time to learn to organize, collaborate with your classmates, and utilize resources.