New school term - new you?

Thursday, January 20, 2005


Written by Sarah Stanley (Contest Entry)


Going back to school after a break is always different for everyone.

Some may feel refreshed and ready to hit the books; others may feel they need more time to sober up.

Either way it is time to crack open those texts again for another 4 month term.

What is it about getting back to class that makes people act so differently? Is it their true self coming out, or is it more of a façade brought on by the presence of stress and learning. People can be classified into two major types of students. You have the “keeners” who can jump right back into school mode, working their fingers to the bone to pull off all A’s. Thus making your friend, once known as your tequila shooting buddy, hibernate away for the winter, never hearing from her until she has finished- and aced- every one of her finals.

On the other hand, there are the “slackers” who seem to party even harder once school is on. These people don’t even bat an eye when finding out they’ve overslept and missed their Psychology midterm worth 50 % of their mark because they were out partying at a toga kegger the night before, making then unable to comprehend the seriousness of the situation due to their hangover.

All in all, school makes people act differently, but is it that the institution of learning brings out the best interests in the individual and enhances their true self, or does it play a role in developing a character the individual act as?


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