School Hacking #8 – Keeping Motivated to Finish Strong

Ah, finally…the blanket of winter seems to have lifted. No longer shall we be plagued by freak snowstorms and insane temperature fluctuations – all’s praying, at the very least. Still, a few issues are cropping up, due to the sunny reminder that our summer break is drawing near; lo, that we may all soon be able to kick up our feet to…work? Houseclean? Hopefully, we’ll all be seeing some nice down time in our future.

Now, the problems I’m talking about aren’t just the dress-code violations. No, the issue I’m bringing up is that of academics.

While it can be difficult to group our students into any kind of category, I find that, generally, people tend to have one of two problems during this final homestretch of the scholastic year. Personally, I tend to call these two groups the Summertime Dreamers and School-work Stressors.

I can understand and can be classified as both – to certain degrees – but I still tend to lean towards the second; stress and worry are practically genetic traits I managed to inherit. Still I will try to give the best advice I can to both.

To my Dreamers:

Our two-month break isn’t here yet! You are far from being free from tests and grades and the like. While I understand the strength of the temptation of blue skies and warm weather, calling your name and offering you various distractions that seem far more pleasing than hanging around a classroom, you’ve got to keep your focus on the academics for just a little longer. Right now you’ve got to finish strong, and muscle through this last little sprint with the same kind of dedication you gave at the beginning of the year. Your period of respite will come – but may not, if you slack too early! This quarter is just as important as the others.

To my Stressors:

It can be easy to become overwhelmed, I know. To see this as your final time to do well, to prove to yourself and others than you can do just as well – if not better – this final quarter. But, you must refrain from letting this consume you. Resting your mind and body is still as important and necessary as it ever was. Yes, you must earn that break on the horizon, but not at any cost. Be good to yourself and take those moments of relaxation as needed. While it’s not good to overindulge in anything (including homework) give yourself some rest in the sun. It would be an awful thing to have done so well the year, only to crash and burn now because you pushed yourself too hard. Don’t be daunted by thinking that this is the end – for the end of this school year isn’t the end-all-be-all of 2014.

So, overall? I think there is a great deal of us that need to take a little step back, breathe, and re-evaluate what we’re doing with our time. For some, it may be a simple matter of attending class a little more; others might need to pull themselves out of the frantic homework tail-spin in the attempt to finish at the top of their game. And yet others…may just need to take a nice breather and remind themselves not to get so caught up in the little things, to do what we can, as best as we can, and to be content in the knowledge that this IS the final push, but it’s really no different than the rest of the school year.

Wishing you the best,

– Kima


Kima Hazelwood is a Grade Twelve student at CCH. She enjoys writing and reading fantasy, baking, and belly-dancing. Her favourite things about CCH are all the wonderful staff members and linguistics classes.

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