Campus, Opinion

Staying in the Spirit of School

Today, as I was walking around the halls of my dorm, I heard two expressions of excitement in the form of rapid questions and conversations about suntans and the Dominican. This was expected though. ‘Tis the day of our return, and we’re feeling more than restored than after our return from winter break. Also, the sun was out.

   When I returned to my dorm room, though, to tackle Sunday’s haul, I scanned my planner and realized that my workload is at least double what it used to be. I attributed this to term papers and the second major wave of exams.

   This may not be my classmates’ fate. However, most of us probably realize that in about a month and ten days classes will be over. In addition, we are all aware that the workload nearly doubles after spring break. We are also aware that we live in North Carolina and may expect snow in March.

   Which is why we don’t dwell on this in the Dominican.

   I have no statistics to demonstrate that the month after spring break is probably the most grueling out of the school year, but I do have experience as a student at Wake. Also I am obligated by the newspaper motto to tell “Truth without Fear.”

  Thus, trust me. I know.

  So, trust me when I say that I believe I have found the secret to staying motivated to do our homework–and it lies within the scandal that has spring up this week involving the volleyball coach, Bill Ferguson.

   It also lies in the number ‘28.’ According to US News, the acceptance rate at Wake Forest is 28%.

  Allow me to break this down for you, who is included in that 28%.

  We are in the minority. We are part of a group of mindsets that would always stay up late in high school for a test. We are part of a group of mindsets that wouldn’t settle for a C or even a B in high school. We decided that we wanted to be the best at what we could be in high school. This meant that we sacrificed nights in high school to read, to study, to write.

Not only that, but we also decided that we wouldn’t be the cookie-cutter born with genius high school student. We decided that we would become well-rounded individuals who dedicated our time to sports, to different languages, to service, to speech and debate, to writing–to things that require not only our problem-solving skills, but our intellect and our, dare I say it, our hearts.

  This concept is backed by the fact that Wake didn’t want, nor require a perfect set of SAT and ACT scores when they accepted us. Wake wants students who would fight for the never to be seen again A, even if it means overhauling our way of thinking. Wake also wants students who have communication skills beyond the average 18-year-old, which is why an interview was highly recommended at the time of our applying.

I am most definitely not trying to portray myself as the poster child of Wake Forest University. However, I can tell you that I was raised by parents who believe that while grades were 80% of the battle, the content of my character and the depth of my thinking should also be cultivated. In high school, I met a few people who seemed to be raised by this mindset, but once I got to Wake I realized I was surrounded by people who had been raised, or found this truth on their own. Not only are we determined to perform near perfectly, but we’re also determined to pursue our own interests and be our own person, Pro Humanitate style.

   My point is this: Wake wanted us because of not only how hard we worked in high school, but because of the direction of our dreams.

   We are the 28%.

   The above are simply theories of why we’re in the 28%.

   Regardless, we are in the 28%.

So, my point is this: there was something about each of us that Wake admissions wanted and it had everything to do with how we performed in high school.

Back then, the output we generated in the form of academic performance may have been done in order to get into Wake. For the other half of us, it was to get into the best school we could get into.

   This stage that we’re currently in, the grueling gauntlet between spring break and summer, this is it. This is what we worked for.

   Thus, this is how we can stay in the spirit of school: we can remember who we are.

   We are the 28%. We earned our way here and we didn’t come this far to only come this far.      

   Let’s be the Wake alumni who take over markets, rise up the ranks of hospitals, and become the superheroes of our workplaces.

   But, we can’t do this if we aren’t thoroughly educated on what we’re doing and if we don’t possess the motivation to achieve it.

   Thus, I could give you a list of things to do that entail yoga and breathing exercises that could help us get through school, but to stay in the spirit of school all we truly need to remember is that we are in the 28%. We barely made it in, and that was on the merit of our accomplishments in the past. If we want to be known for achievement from here on out, we have to stay the course!

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