New Year, New Semester, New Troubles?

This semester is significant in many ways. Obviously, it is a new year and the start of a new decade. Of course, the school started, but hey, at least we get to meet our friends again? Anyway, numerous intriguing events awaited the students who were unprepared and have hit us straight in the face. Let’s discuss some of the events that we are all interested in. 

First, most of the students are eager to find out how Friendship Games will be run. Last Semester, Friendship Games were taken away from us due to the unfortunate crisis Bolivia went through. To compensate for this loss, some of the school officers promised for FG that will consist of four sports events. To hold this rather gigantic event, some rumors suggest that this Friendship Games will be one week long, two times longer than normal three-day events. Others, however, take a more pessimistic approach, arguing that teachers and other schools might not agree to this plan. Moreover, problem over practice time, since it will be four sports we will be practicing this semester, cannot be ignored. 

Another issue that limits itself to high schoolers is the problem of SAT and AP tests. Last semester, it seemed like a faraway event, too vague to even worry about it. This semester, those problems hit some clueless students including me straight in the face. Juniors have to prepare harder than they are ever doing for the SAT while also maintaining an acceptable level of GPA. Many students have to deal with the amount of stress and pressure the AP exams are giving out. This is not even considering the amount of time it takes to study for those exams. Believe me, this semester is going to be one of the toughest for many of us. 

Last but not least, we have the problems over the events that used to make our school lives more flourish: talent shows and music concerts. I know, not everybody is excited about these events, but not having these events is a great loss of opportunity for students to show off their talents as well as for us to enjoy those amazing skills. I firmly believe these events we missed should be held this semester, for it would encourage students to develop talents in areas other than academics and sports and become well-rounded persons.

Keewan Kim

Keewan Kim is a 11th grader. He writes art editorials and is a Designer for the Newspaper Team. His favorite movie is Toy Story 3.

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