This post was written by Diamond Broussard, a junior at Skyline High School. -Katy
At school, I am surrounded by the same peers, many of whom I know personally, that I have known since my freshman year. Yet it still surprises me how some of these students get by. Here I am, seizing opportunities given to us students by administrators and other people, taking the time to make sure that I am fulfilling my responsibilities as a student. Meanwhile, a few of my friends are slacking off, enjoying their social lives, shopping or going to the movies every weekend or working at part time jobs — all the while bringing home mediocre grades and achieving very little.
Though I should be used to seeing students settle for less than they should and succeeding by doing just the “minimum requirements”, it bothers more and more each day. While I do not have much of a say in my friends’ educations, I wish that many of them would challenge themselves as I do because many of them do not realize just how bright they really are. Why won’t they go above and beyond in their education?
Today, many Oakland youth are about “hustlin'” and “gettin’ money.” When will our students realize that one of the keys to success and financial stability is through their education? Many students also don’t even mind messing up in high school because they can just “go to a JC [junior college] for two years and the transfer.” If this is the thought on our graduating high schoolers’ minds, then educators and administrators have not done enough in just educating students- they should also be teaching students how to get to the levels of success of many of their idols.
I guess until they realize their potential, I will continue to hopefully inspire my peers and friends to do better in their education, and to “bust my butt” in my classes.