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Summer to provide needed relaxation

By Isaiah Smith/Entertainment editor

Free at last, free at last. With summer break fast approaching, remember to keep focused so as not to let those grades slip right at the end of the semester.

I am so ready for summer break. Tarrant County College is great; it’s peachy, but school is school, and school is always going to suck. I have been counting down the days, as many of my fellow students
have, since the beginning of the semester. Finally summer approaches.

Still, even as I celebrate nearing the end of this mind-numbing exercise in futility, finals are here. Finals are not that hard, really, yet many students I talk to simply lose their focus at semester’s end and wind up failing a class or at least dropping one letter grade.

Come on, guys, there will be plenty of time to eat, drink and be merry in another week—for now, school is still the main reason we exist.

After the Virginia Tech massacre, I observed a shift in the attitude of my fellow students. A sense of fear, dread and a desire to stop attending classes seemed to weaken people’s enthusiasm for learning.

I find myself more keenly aware of the sounds outside my classrooms, or I’ll look around halls before I go charging through them. Still, we must persevere.

If students will hunker down, focus and pay attention to the matter at hand—finals—before they know it summer will be here, and it will be several months before we return for more torment.

Mainly, I am just tired of the monotony of it all. Day in, day out, we college kids drag ourselves to class and for what, a degree … a piece of paper that, supposedly, helps us get better jobs. Yet the requirements keep raising; three years ago employers wanted an associate degree for most jobs. This year they want a bachelor’s; next it will be a master’s.

Even with all this gloom and doom in college life, summer break is everything a student works for, much like in high school.

Most students I meet are sleep deprived, don’t eat a healthy diet and are so over-worked the notion they will retain any of this knowledge is doubtful. Students end up taking mostly courses that do not even apply to their degree anyway, so why should they retain it?

So, God bless the summer and God bless the finals that bring it closer.

Enjoy your summer, TCC students, I know I will.

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