Continue progress by improving focus


As we approach the midpoint of the first grading period, we need to become more focused in everything we do.

Whether it has been easy or difficult to adjust to the routine of school, we cannot stop working hard. Without continued perseverance, there will be no progress; in both school and life, what we put in is what we get out.

In order to make progress towards our goals, it is essential that we prioritize our obligations by effectively managing our time. Setting a weekly schedule for our academic and extracurricular obligations, we can allocate time for all of them. We must remember that it is not about the number of extracurricular activities that we join, but the commitment and time we put into each.

While remaining dedicated to our various activities, we also need time for ourselves. Although interacting with our peers may help us learn more about ourselves and about others, it is equally important to be introspective once in a while. By “hanging out” with ourselves, we are utilizing an important resource for personal growth that allows for self-reflection, which will aid us in overcoming adversities. Because it will help us identify our strengths and weaknesses, self-reflection is useful in helping us attain our goals by the end of the first quarter.

In the midst of the unrest and turmoil in the Middle East and other parts of the world, we should take the time to reflect upon and appreciate the value of our education, because it is a privilege to be able to receive one. Empowering us to achieve our aspirations, we must be more proactive by participating in class discussions and showing school spirit around campus.

It is crucial to have an optimistic outlook on our endeavors. Even through struggles, we must not be hindered by negativity, which limits our perspectives of life; we must strive to see the good in all things to gain the confidence that we need to make favorable changes in ourselves.

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