Students throughout the city, and all over the world probably, are dreading the fact that it is the last few days of summer vacation.
By the time the next issue of the Grand Forks Gazette hits the streets, elementary and high schools will be back in session and many students will be lamenting another summer gone by.
But there is more than fun in the sun in life and the work children and teens put in now will have a bearing on their futures. If elementary students are studious and pay attention now, they will be solidifying a base, which they can build on for the rest of their academic careers, however short or long it may be.
Similarly, good study habits developed now will also be beneficial for students as they progress through their schooling – like knowledge, a good base is crucial.
For some, it becomes harder to focus on academics when they enter high school and puberty hits but learning in secondary school becomes even more crucial. By now the foundation should be set – however strong or weak – and what is learned and how a student does in exams will have an influence on what post secondary educational institutions students attend – although that’s not to say students should bury their noses in their textbooks and not partake in extra-curricular activities either.
The popular fable of the ants and the grasshopper has the grasshopper living a leisurely life while the ants work hard at preparing for the impending winter. The grasshopper mocks the ants and wonders why they are working so hard and not enjoying life. When winter hits, the grasshopper is starving and wonders why it didn’t also prepare for winter.
The fable teaches the value of preparing for the future and hard work and it pertains to school too.
If you pay attention to your schooling in your formative years and study hard, the chances for success in the future are enhanced.
If you try to live life to leisurely now, you may come to regret it in the future.