A Day in the Life: The Mindset of the Ordinary Student

By: William Huffaker

You can tell a whole lot about a person who cuts in the lunch line.  You can tell what type of person they see themselves as.  You can tell what type of people they hang out with.  You can tell their maturity.  Sometimes, you can even tell what kind of classes they take.

On an average school day, students spend more time analyzing every situation they will go through than time doing actual work.  Some of them are simple, like what am I going to pick for lunch?  What time do I need to wake up tomorrow morning?  Others are not so easy, such as how much homework am I going to do tonight and how much am I going to push until later.  Once your plan eventually fails and you do no homework tonight, binge watch six hours of Breaking Bad and push all overdue homework to tomorrow, how are you going to be able to do it all during class?  Or break?  Or lunch?

Every student knows that teacher that gets overly political.  Maybe it’s that super feminist teacher that will adjust lessons to make them fit their feelings more.  Maybe it’s that veteran teacher or ex-cop where every time you talk about any sort of politics, they butt in to make sure they get in their opinion they have on the subject.  On the daily, students have to break apart the actual message or skill that should be taken from the lesson and the little messages that are being plugged into everything to make the teacher feel better.  Where does the agenda end and the value begin?

The entire point of an honors student’s day is just to make ends meet.  How do I balance all the work that is given at school, the work at home, possible sports, and my own interests?  How do I make it all work and still find time for myself?

As perhaps the greatest procrastinator of all time, I live life class period to class period.  After years of analyzing every situation school has to offer, I understand the stress that comes with balancing a day, whether that be how am I going to pass this test next class without having studied a word to how am I going to get to the front of the lunch line as fast as possible.


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