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Presented with opportunities, students should take advantage

A Glendale perspective

According to a survey done by U.S. News, “37 percent of students are prepared for college-level math and reading” (Camera, 2016).

Compared to a survey conducted by four Glendale students (listed below), 80 percent of Glendale alumni now enrolled in a platform of higher education believe that they were properly prepared to handle the curriculum in the college setting.

The reason Glendale has had such a high percentage of students feeling prepared for college is because of students taking initiative.

However, along with feedback gained from discussion with some past graduates, it’s our feeling that the current student body feels they are not receiving the best quality education.

This is because, we feel, Glendale students are not taking advantage of the opportunities presented to them.

Glendale offers at least 10 advanced/AP/dual enrollment classes. Of these 10 classes, the biggest class has a maximum of 20 students.

When it comes to the more rigorous classes, such as AP English or Sociology, there is an average of three students per class.

The current student body is claiming to feel unprepared for their college future, but Glendale alumni now enrolled in college feel the opposite.

The majority of alumni believe that student involvement is key to a successful life after high school. This proves that students who feel unprepared are most likely just remaining uninvolved.

Having a social life is an important part of college that often gets overlooked. Glendale, like most schools, is offering its students the opportunities to be part of social situations and get involved with others.

These activities just tend to be underestimated or underrated. The students have the chance to be part of many things that would push beyond their comfort zones and expand their social circles, making them feel more comfortable with being involved in college.

The problem is too many students are choosing to remain uninvolved in most, if not all, of these activities. If students are not willing to be involved and take part in these things now, what makes them think they will feel comfortable adjusting to college life where they are being thrown into a new environment with new people?

Scholarships and FAFSA are often things that confuse and overwhelm students preparing for college. Glendale has helped students with this aspect of college preparation in any way it can.

However, it only benefits those who are willing to be proactive. A number of students at Glendale put these things aside until the last minute, causing them to lose their chance of receiving scholarships or missing their FAFSA deadline.

Unmotivated students end up being unprepared financially for college.

Though many students have said that they were prepared for college academically, they claim that they were not prepared to be on their own. They didn’t have time management skills, didn’t have basic cooking skills, didn’t know how to do laundry and didn’t know how to manage their money.

Students can’t rely on others to hand them every little thing they need to be prepared to be on their own.

Being faced with unmotivated students is difficult to fix. Often times there’s no way to fix the issue. However, making the classes more interesting or involving the students in a critical thinking activity to make them understand the topic at hand may help.

To try to get students more involved in schoolwide activities, make the activities more appealing to the students. The students also need to pitch in and make their total education a better experience.

Instead of sitting in class not paying attention, or not taking advantage of the advisory period given to them to help advance their understanding, students need to be proactive in their education and the environment around them.

Students at Glendale High School have the potential to become successful adults, yet they lack the confidence to believe that they can. Things such as lack of confidence, anxiety or worries could be the whole cause behind the students remaining uninterested and uninvolved.

Kimberly Kozak, the guidance counselor at Glendale Junior/Senior High School, spoke to us in an interview and informed us of the high reputation Glendale students have in a visitor’s eyes.

If our students could see themselves through the eyes of another, maybe it would change their perspective of themselves and the opportunities being handed to them.

This commentary was submitted by Glendale students Maria Henry, Crystal Jasper, Jeremy Magnetti and Kim Shepler.