The System for the Average Teenager

This morning, my younger sister woke up in a bad mood. I eventually asked her what was wrong and she said she was worried about the state test she has today.

Why is this even a thing? How is a little kid, roughly 9 years old, stressing out about tests? We focus so much on making a grade and relying on that grade to take us up to the next level, there is no fun anymore. I do not feel like the government is working on going back to a system not relied on test taking skills. Which are not even skills to begin with since you are either guessing or recalling memory. Teachers probably know this.

But something they should be really focused on, is that when a student does not understand the subject, it’s not their fault sometimes. There is such a thing as a student not being able to understand a subject due to the failure of a teacher not actually teaching the subject properly. The goal is to understand the subject, not take a zero and move on.

Then there is the matter of the grading system. There is the fact that a zero takes you down like the Titanic and an A brings up one or two feet above water. Please, school system explain why it takes me two days to go from a B to a C and then do all my assignments and stay at my C for about two weeks.

My sister made me realize how students really are more than a statistic and the brightest of students are considered to be below average or average even though they excelled in reading, but did not do so well in math. Maybe they are more of a writer and wrote a college level essay, but could not get pass freshman year math.

This really grinds my gears and I am completely done with trying to make sense of the system we have become conformed to. I guess you can say I am going to try my hardest, but I refuse to worry about the grade I make.

The Life of a Teenage Journalist

Allow me to begin by saying how much I love my job as a sports editor. I love talking to coaches and other reporters. Most of all, I love linking people at home to the game by Tweeting, putting up Vines, and adding Instagram photos.

I do, however, get caught up in the games. I can sometimes focus too much on one thing and miss a play. Luckily, I can always ask a player who was apart of the play and get a great rundown from a player. They also tend to give an opinion of it, so there’s a conversation starter. Well, that’s distracting but eventually we both end up going to back to our duties.

I have a pretty strong connection with the players and coaches. Which always helps because easy links are better than having to track people down. Finding students, players, or coaches to interview is probably one of the biggest headaches ever. Essentially, a journalist should have connections and getting those should be easy as long as they are outgoing and not afraid to talk to others.

I also think being a very outgoing person makes my job easier. I’m not afraid to find my voice with total strangers. And I think that’s great! I used to be so shy of people. I mean around freshman year I stopped caring about being in the shadows. I belong in the sunshine soaking up rays of diverse people.

My job isn’t a job. It’s something I have greatly enjoyed since the day I started it. I’m only now getting in the swing of things and scoring home run photos (puns intended).