Surviving Schoolwork

Homework sucks. That attitude is almost a given when asked of a student. And yeah, that's an understandable standpoint considering that, after a long day of toiling through at least six hours of schooling, we are free to go home, only to continue our brain workouts there. Us kids want a break, we want to "have a life," and not have piles of stressful assignments hanging in the back of our minds.

But there's one problem; we have to do the work anyways. No matter how much we dread doing our school work, it's still going to be there awaiting our attention, whether we get it out of the way immediately or put something resembling work together on the morning it's due. Regardless of your work ethic, it's got to be done.


Of course, there are those of you who will tell me that I'm wrong, and that we don't really have to do the work we are assigned in school. Technically, this view is correct. But if we slack in school, we will have an even harder time in the future in our attempt to make a good life for ourselves. So either way, the work is always there, no matter whether or not we try to ignore it. Even if you avoid each individual assignment, ultimately there will always be work to be done.

This information is probably not making you jump for joy or anything, I know that. But rest assured; there are ways for work to cease being work. This involves cultivating curiosity, and finding where your interest lies. For me, this is mainly in English; I enjoy doing my work for English class a little too much, actually. But this brewing thirst for knowledge can expand to more than your initial interests as well. Learning to love learning has enabled me to listen and understand in a way I otherwise couldn't, and therefore makes doing school work a whole lot more interesting.

And I'm not saying that you should love all the work you do. It just doesn't happen too much. But, if you can find joy in the learning of certain things, other less savory subjects can just act as an important foundation of knowledge for the future. Because if you want to excel in something, you cannot merely focus there. If you want to be a scientist, yes, ace your science classes. But you need to be proficient in math and English as well if you want to succeed. See other classes as a culmination of vehicles that bring you to your bright future. In that way, work may no longer be work at all.

By Jocelyn