Improving Student Life on Campus

Megan Casey, Student Contribtuor

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Students​ ​spend​ ​over​ ​seven​ ​hours​ ​at​ ​Winter​ ​Springs​ ​High​ ​School​ ​every​ ​day.​ ​Some​ ​days, students​ ​spend​ ​more​ ​time​ ​at​ ​school​ ​than​ ​in​ ​their​ ​actual​ ​homes.​ ​High​ ​school​ ​should​ ​be​ ​a​ ​place where​ ​everyone​ ​can​ ​feel​ ​welcome​ ​and​ ​should​ ​be​ ​excited​ ​to​ ​learn.​ ​That,​ ​however,​ ​is​ ​not​ ​the​ ​case; majority​ ​of​ ​Winter​ ​Springs​ ​High​ ​School​ ​students​ ​dread​ ​coming​ ​to​ ​school​ ​five​ ​days​ ​a​ ​week.​ ​This problem​ ​is​ ​caused​ ​by​ ​many​ ​reasons,​ ​and​ ​it’s​ ​time​ ​to​ ​identify​ ​them,​ ​fix​ ​them,​ ​and​ ​make​ ​Winter Springs​ ​great​ ​again.

If​ ​change​ ​is​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​make​ ​student​ ​life​ ​better,​ ​than​ ​students​ ​need​ ​to​ ​be​ ​the​ ​ones​ ​making the​ ​changes.​ ​Feeling​ ​left​ ​out​ ​is​ ​possibly​ ​the​ ​worst​ ​feeling​ ​one​ ​can​ ​experience​ ​and​ ​many​ ​high school​ ​students​ ​feel​ ​this​ ​way.​ ​A​ ​great​ ​way​ ​the​ ​get​ ​rid​ ​of​ ​this​ ​is​ ​letting​ ​students​ ​know​ ​what​ ​clubs and​ ​activities​ ​they​ ​can​ ​join​ ​and​ ​be​ ​a​ ​part​ ​of.​ ​There​ ​are​ ​so​ ​many​ ​great​ ​opportunities​ ​at​ ​this​ ​school, but​ ​lots​ ​of​ ​the​ ​people​ ​don’t​ ​know​ ​about​ ​them.​ ​Activities​ ​at​ ​Winter​ ​Springs​ ​should​ ​be​ ​announced, and​ ​students​ ​should​ ​be​ ​encouraged​ ​to​ ​join​ ​clubs​ ​and​ ​organizations.

Another​ ​problem​ ​at​ ​Winter​ ​Springs​ ​is​ ​the​ ​lack​ ​of​ ​expression​ ​and​ ​communication​ ​here​ ​on campus.​ ​Many​ ​students​ ​are​ ​afraid​ ​to​ ​voice​ ​their​ ​opinions​ ​and​ ​share​ ​their​ ​feelings.​ ​A​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​people don’t​ ​know​ ​how​ ​to​ ​change​ ​things​ ​about​ ​the​ ​student​ ​life​ ​because​ ​they​ ​don’t​ ​know​ ​how​ ​to​ ​express their​ ​opinions​ ​about​ ​it.​ ​Classes​ ​like​ ​newspaper,​ ​leadership,​ ​and​ ​yearbook​ ​should​ ​reach​ ​out​ ​to these​ ​students​ ​and​ ​get​ ​feedback​ ​on​ ​topics​ ​like​ ​these.​ ​What​ ​really​ ​happens​ ​in​ ​these​ ​classes, though,​ ​is​ ​that​ ​students​ ​only​ ​reach​ ​out​ ​to​ ​their​ ​friends.​ ​Many​ ​people​ ​never​ ​have​ ​the​ ​chance​ ​to share​ ​their​ ​opinion.​ ​Leadership​ ​students​ ​should​ ​make​ ​everyone​ ​feel​ ​welcome​ ​at​ ​school.​ ​They should​ ​encourage​ ​school​ ​spirit​ ​and​ ​encourage​ ​communication​ ​between​ ​students.​ ​That​ ​would​ ​let everyone,​ ​not​ ​just​ ​popular​ ​kids,​ ​express​ ​their​ ​opinions​ ​and​ ​make​ ​the​ ​school​ ​a​ ​better​ ​place.

One​ ​other​ ​problem​ ​that​ ​students​ ​can​ ​do​ ​their​ ​part​ ​in​ ​fixing​ ​is​ ​respecting​ ​public materials.​ ​Many​ ​teachers​ ​spend​ ​their​ ​own​ ​money​ ​on​ ​classroom​ ​supplies​ ​and​ ​students​ ​take​ ​it​ ​for granted.​ ​A​ ​result​ ​is​ ​that​ ​teachers​ ​and​ ​faculty​ ​are​ ​less​ ​willing​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​materials.​ ​This​ ​can​ ​be seen​ ​in​ ​the​ ​bathrooms,​ ​where​ ​the​ ​mirrors​ ​have​ ​been​ ​permanently​ ​replaced​ ​with​ ​rusty​ ​metal because​ ​students​ ​were​ ​vandalizing​ ​and​ ​careless​ ​about​ ​the​ ​glass​ ​mirrors​ ​that​ ​were​ ​once​ ​installed​ ​in the​ ​bathrooms.​ ​It​ ​only​ ​takes​ ​one​ ​students​ ​to​ ​ruin​ ​these​ ​privileges​ ​for​ ​the​ ​rest​ ​of​ ​the​ ​student​ ​body. Hopefully​ ​in​ ​the​ ​near​ ​future​ ​we​ ​can​ ​encourage​ ​students​ ​to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​change​ ​and​ ​start​ ​respecting materials​ ​and​ ​school​ ​property.

In​ ​conclusion,​ ​students​ ​need​ ​to​ ​step​ ​up​ ​to​ ​make​ ​the​ ​necessary​ ​changes​ ​at​ ​Winter​ ​Springs High​ ​School.​ ​Being​ ​included​ ​in​ ​school​ ​activities,​ ​expressing​ all​ students’​ ​opinions,​ ​and respecting​ ​authorities,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​materials,​ ​can​ ​make​ ​the​ ​school​ ​a​ ​better​ ​place,​ ​and​ ​increase everyone’s​ ​desire​ ​to​ ​come​ ​to​ ​school​ ​and​ ​want​ ​to​ ​learn.​ ​If​ ​we​ ​all​ ​stepped​ ​up​ ​a​ ​little,​ ​a​ ​big difference​ ​in​ ​the​ ​student​ ​life​ ​at​ ​Winter​ ​Springs​ ​could​ ​be​ ​changed​ ​significantly.

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