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Student voices: A new point of view

Since last week marked the meaningful halfway point of my senior year, I've been thinking about my education a lot lately. And not just contemplating how much homework I might have tomorrow night, or wondering how well I did on that test I took last week. No, my thinking has been a bit deeper than that.

It's kind of hard to write about school because there's not a whole lot to say about it--it's basically always the same. The consistency can be nice, because sometimes dealing with a huge amount of change can be overwhelming. I know what is to come, and I know how to deal with it. The downside to this is that it can be repetitious and monotonous, but before you know it, the weekend comes around and relieves you of that stress.

It is often easier for me to see the cons of school, though. Perhaps this is because I am a negative person, or because the cons are more prevalent. But now that I'm almost done, I'm beginning to see the positive side of my K-12 education, and I'm trying to take advantage of that as best as possible.

First of all, I go to public school. For me, my education is free. Obviously it gets paid for in other ways, but I will not be graduating high school in any sort of debt, which now that I am preparing for college almost seems unreal. I realize that my public education is something I have definitely taken advantage of for the past 12 1/2 years. I know that without it, I would be a totally different person and if the 5-year-old, kindergarten me--or even the 14-year-old, first-day-of-freshman year me were to look at who I was now, as a person and in terms of education, I don't think I would believe it. I've taken classes I would have never imagined I could handle, I've earned grades I never knew I was capable of earning, and I've produced work I never thought I would have the patience and knowledge to create.

Another positive component of school that I feel like I am reminded of often is that as a high school student, I really only have one focus--to do well in school. I don't have to worry about my finances, my future, a job and everything else that comes with being an adult. This too may seem obvious but until now I never fully absorbed that fact. My "job" is entirely personal, and the amount of work I put into it basically only affects me, my grades and my future. If I fail a test or have a missing assignment, it doesn't compromise someone else's job or a company's earnings. Basically, high school, although important, is a lot less stressful in hindsight than anything I will face in the future.

I know I still have half of the year left to complete, but I'm trying to look at my education from this new perspective in order to remain positive and make the most out of my last few months.

Marnie Sciamanda is a senior at Rosemount High School.