Hey my lovely sharkies.

Today I’m here with a very important blog post about something I feel strongly about. This whole, “good student” thing.  I know some of my viewers are students, along with myself. I know that school, on any level, isn’t the easiest thing. There seem to always be two questions circulating around schools nowadays.

“What makes a good student?” “Am I a good student?”

I’m sure that at some point in your life, you’ve  heard a person stress over being a good student, whether it was being that they were worried about taking a test, or getting a graded one back, you probably know how it feels like to stress over it as well. That brings the point of today’s article: What exactly makes a good student? Now there are two perspectives to this question, a teacher’s perspective and then a student’s.

From a teacher’s perspective, you might find that in the label, a “good student” should be attentive, responsible, and get good scores on tests. A student’s idea, however, might be different. If I were to ask myself, what makes a good student, I’d say that a good student is a combination of turning your work in, studying, getting good scores on test, but also being a kind person, and having a balance between school life and home life. I’m sure these perspectives also change from school to school.

As I mentioned earlier, it is really easy to get caught up and stress over school work and test. You can go from being fine one second, but as soon as a teacher mentions test results, everyone becomes tense. Your heart starts to race, your palms get sweaty. It’s crazy how worked up students can get, which brings me to my other point, that it’s okay to mess up. Yes, education is a very important and valuable aspect in life, but I believe that maybe you shouldn’t stress to the point of going crazy on being a good or perfect student. It’s okay if you mess up on a test. It’s okay if you mess up and forget to turn something in. When it all comes down to it, we all need to realize that we are all human, and we all mess up. No one is perfect, no matter how hard you may strive, but that’s okay. In life, we learn from our mistakes. Didn’t study for your first test and bombed it? Now you know you need to study before hand. It’s how we grow. Sometimes you just need to take a step back, take a breath and realize you are human.

Like I said before, school is stressful. I know first hand experience of pulling an all-nighter, just to finish a paper. I know how much it sucks when you get a test back and the teacher does this weird folding thing as they hand it to you. You already know the grade before you look at it. Not good. I just wish there would be a bit more acceptance for mistakes in our school system. While some kids really aren’t trying,  some might have things going on at home, or in their life. I can relate. Early fall last year, my grades nearly died due to a breakup, and of course when questioned, I couldn’t just blurt out “my heart is hurting and I can’t focus.” That would be deemed unacceptable in most eyes of my professors, minus a few.  I am a bit tired of being expected to be perfect all the time.

I had just published an article about this topic in my city newspaper, give or take that my principle may or may not be happy about me writing that it’s okay to mess up, but you know what?

This is my opinion. I am allowed to speak my mind. It’s 2018 2020, and I STILL refuse to be silenced.