Changes bring growth for some, challenges for othersThursday, February 23, 2012 By Qinshell Bullock
The spring semester at Northern Vance has a new beginning and an impact on students as they meet new teachers, make new friends, learn and create new academic work, have new lunches and attend new classes. Change can be a good thing. It brings challenges to make a fresh start, adjust to new people, teachers and a new schedule. There are times when we can become stalled in a'rut.' Change helps us to overcome the 'rut,' and move on with our lives. We experience growth in those new challenges if we allow ourselves to meet them head on and grow with them. Change can also have a negative impact on student's life. Some students do not adjust to change well. They miss socializing with their old friends. They cannot make new friends easily. Being use to their former teachers' teaching methods, the student may have a hard time adjusting to their new teachers and their methods of teaching. In this instance, change is not a good thing for them. Students strive to make better grades, so they can pass all classes and graduate. They know they must accomplish these goals before they can graduate and attend college. How can we as students help each other adjust to new schedules and changes? If we see a student who is not adjusting well, we could ask them if they need help with their studies, introduce them to our circle of friends, open up that circle to include others. Making new friends is a form of growth and a way to help others who may be having trouble adjusting. In my opinion, we shouldn't have two semesters. We should have year-long classes, so we can stay with our old friendsand with familiar teachers.