Musings

School and Laziness

I completed as assignment last week for my philosophy class, and I was lazy about it. While I understood the concepts that were required to right the essay, I did not try as hard as I usually do, perhaps thinking that somehow the words would arrange themselves on the page correctly.

This was in the comments on the essay: “THIS ISN’T UP TO  YOUR USUAL STANDARD.”

There are two things about that: 1. I’ve worked hard on every single assignment before hand. I’ve done good things and the teacher has high expectations for me. 2. I disappointed her in this essay. I compromised her expectations and through my laziness, was unfair to her as a teacher.

I knew the concepts. I could have done a better job, but I didn’t want to try and I wanted to get it over with. It’s like showing up to an interview in sloppy clothes–you should have more respect for the interviewer, for yourself, for the situation than that.

By being lazy on one assignment, I, in a way, disrespected my teacher and all she has taught me. I love this class. It is the first philosophy class I have taken and I love how she teaches it and what she teaches. I should show more respect to the class and the teacher, show how much I enjoy the subject, by spending time and writing a decent paper.

I suppose I have learned a lesson, which is summarized as follows:

1. You owe it to yourself and to your teachers to try hard in everything you attempt.

2. If you are lazy or refuse to work hard, then you will not get good results, ever. You must work up to your potential and try your best.

3. Even if your worst is still okay compared to others, it is still your worst. Comparing against other people only results in compromising yourself and your abilities. Be willing to work hard and learn in any situation you are given.

Though I was lazy and didn’t learn as much about the subject as I should have in doing the assignment, I did learn a lot about life. I learned why I have achieved good grades throughout my life–I have refused to become lazy and to blow off assignments, and I have constantly held a high standard for myself and done everything in my power to reach that standard.

My friend was talking to me the other day and I told her that I no longer care if I get an A or not. I think I want to take that back. I want A’s again. I want them and I do care if I get something lower than an A, because with that sort of attitude, I am much more likely to get higher grades then with the attitude that it’s all right to get something lower.

This is how to live life: SET A HIGH STANDARD FOR YOURSELF IN THE BEGINNING AND NEVER FALL BELOW IT OR THINK IT IS TOO HIGH. DON’T EVER STOP CARING AND TRY YOUR BEST IN EVERYTHING WORTHWHILE.

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