"Reading" Into Good Grades

"Reading" Into Good Grades

Having to go through dreaded 'reading' time actually paid off.

In the past recent years, I've made the small observation that the focus in academic curriculums preceding college have gradually shifted towards the sciences and maths. This is not to say that other subjects such as literature and history have been ignored, but for the most part, they have taken the back seat with my experience with education. Could it be because they appear less challenging? Or has our society simply just shifted its gears to scientific thinking, which demand less expertise in the arts and more on technical knowledge?

Either way, importance ignored, I believe that the chance for a successful education is increased by the student's experience with reading during their childhood. The more passionate they are with reading, the better their study habits and consequently, grades will become. Don't believe me - shaking your head?

Feel free to disagree, but as a child who grew up hating reading to yearning for the time to grab and finish a new book. I can tell you that I am proof that without books, I wouldn't be the student I am today.

As a child, I despised reading time. I preferred going outdoors, playing with my friends - just moving, in general. Getting me to sit still was a tough chore. It was like a game of hide-n-seek and catch me if you can. My energy was interminable and my focus always wavering. So you can see why reading time was the bane of my young existence.

However, I was blessed, (or maybe cursed), with a headstrong mother. She demanded that I always read a book every day. She was persistent and gradually, my childhood routine revolved around trying to escape reading time - only to be caught by mother, every. Single. Time.

I loathed it, but with the help of my mother, I endured it. Then once I endured it, I got to being tolerant with it until my eyes were opened to libraries and new worlds. Gradually, I got more freedom on choosing what books to read and soon, I developed my taste for books and zeroed in on my favorite genres.

Are you going to get to the point?

Yes - of course I am, but as we all know, every written piece requires an exposition. Fortunately for you, that exposition is done.

So reading. How did it save my grades? It saved it through many ways. By developing a passion for exploring books and developing a tolerance for boorish segments, I was able to build up on my analytical skills, time management prowess, concentration, memory retention - the list goes on! However, the skills I mentioned were the primary ones that saw development and improved as I continued to read.

These skills were very indispensable as I grew up. As school got academically more challenging and demanding, I found myself grateful for my background in literacy. By previously learning how to find time to read, I was, and still am now, able to schedule the periods for studying, working, and of course - leisure. By perusing countless novels, I am now adept at being able to concentrate on research pieces and assignments. My memorization and memory, in general, is notably quite better than others because of reading. (If you're planning on taking up any kind of major in college, or even AP classes in high school too, you're going to want to be good at memorizing. Trust me - AP History was a tough one.)

In conclusion, do yourself a favor. Or if you're claiming it's too late, do your children, or any kids you know a favor. Get them into books. Get them to love reading. The results are worth the effort.

Cheers to good grades! (Hopefully.)

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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