Student Life: Learning responsibility

We learn responsibility in and out of school. As we near adulthood, it is important we learn capability, whether it be arriving at work on time, handing in papers for a deadline or managing money.

So, what does school teach us about responsibility and maturity? Homework and deadlines are a good example of learning to be able to complete a task in a set amount of time. Finishing and handing in assignments are important for academic success.

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In the outside world, we will be faced with many career options that depend on a due date. By giving us assignments to bring home or work on during our free time at school, students can learn to take responsibility for their own time and what they do with it.

The education system is slowly making it so our programs are becoming more hands-on for students. We are learning to evaluate our own progress and mark ourselves. We are also seeing more and more open blocks or spare classes being integrated into the system.

We now have the opportunity to manage our time so we can complete assignments during school hours, rather than during our spare time at home.

Something else students must take responsibility for is whether or not they attend classes and or skip school. This goes along with planning our future; if we want to receive the credits to graduate, we must put the time in.

Throwing aside our schoolwork and skipping class just because we feel like it is not worth it. Students retaking a course or delaying their graduation because they skipped school or neglected to do assignments is a waste of time.

We must be willing to put in the effort and move forward to open up doors for our future education, such as college and university, and our long-term careers. Although that does not mean we should dedicate all our time to schoolwork, there are ways to adjust and make time for academics.

We can also be held accountable for certain aspects of our environment. Our friends contribute to our working environment, as well as the energy we send out into the world. It is the hard truth, but if we spend time with people who tend to be unproductive during school hours, we ourselves will be unproductive.

If we work in places that are too loud and full of distractions, we will not finish anything. We should choose carefully how and with whom we wish to spend our time.

We will always be learning and should remember that even adults continue to lack the capability to be responsible and mature. A lot of responsibility is learned over time and comes with experience. The best we can do is try our hardest and be self-aware.

Macy How is a grade 10 student at Brooks Secondary School.

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