Column: Make this year count

Romeeka Siddiqui

My alarm clock went off. I looked over at the side table and realized this was the first time I’d woken up so early all summer. I was really tired; my mom had told me to go to sleep early last night but I was wide-awake until two in the morning. I slowly got out of bed and walked into the bathroom. As I brushed my teeth, I came to the realization that summer is over. A shiver went through my spine as I thought about those words. Summer is over. No more staying up all-night and waking up the next afternoon. No more hanging out with my friends during the weekdays and no more being clueless as to what day of the week it is. Everything would be different for the next ten months.

I got to school about ten minutes early, not really wanting to be there. As I walked in, I saw many familiar faces from last year. I said hi to them as I made my way through the crowd. There were hundreds of kids piled into lines waiting to receive their schedules; it was a madhouse. When I finally got mine, I quickly compared my schedule with my friends’ to see what classes we would have together.

Semi- satisfied, I trotted my way to my first block class. When I walked in, I immediately started to search for people I knew. I took a seat next to my friend and sighed as I thought how this would be the first class of five that day.

The rest of the day dragged on as our teachers gave us our syllabuses and papers for our parents to sign. Then it was finally time to go home. It was hard to believe I had just got through my first day of school. The day I had been dreading for so long was already over and before I knew it, the first week would go by just as fast.

Make this year count. This is just the beginning and you can still let go of some bad habits from the past. An easy way to get better grades this year is to simply listen and pay attention in class. Know when quizzes and test are. Keep up with your homework and due dates, and ask questions if you don’t understand something. If you’ve never studied before, now would be a good time to start. These four years of high school are crucial for your future. They determine what college you will get accepted into and eventually what kind of job you will get.

Now that doesn’t mean high school can’t be fun. Join different clubs and student organizations! Duncanville High School offers so many out- of- school activities and student should take advantage of it. Student Counsel, Latin club, Psychology club, Theatre club, and HOSA are only a few of the organizations our school provides for its students.

If you have had a miserable time in high school so far, make some simple changes, and things will get better. As Drake says, ‘you only live once’. You might as well make this year count.