Where Went Motivation?


David Tesch, a junior at Lakeland High School, laying his head on the desk in his first period class. Tesch, acting sad, “poses” for the camera.

Melia Blackwell, Opinions Editor

As of May 5th, 2021, there are exactly 37 days left, counting the weekends, until the last day of school. Students have been not only waiting for this moment but wishing it hadn’t come so quickly.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, it took away ‘our in school time’ as of Friday, March 13th all the way until summer break. Due to that event, we missed a lot of school and it made the next school year come very quickly.

Almost every student becomes careless by about May. As for sophomores, they just had the English and Math ISATS. Some say it was miserable others could argue it was the complete opposite.

Some students tried while others just got it over with. One issue we ran into was, like everyone else, that we had no idea what was going to be on the test so they had no idea what they needed to study for which could’ve not only resulted in stress but in major confusion.

Students start to realize that school is almost over so they stop caring about their assignments. They pile up and their grades go down, or they choose to skip school. 

Sydney Gerrior, a sophomore at Lakeland High School says, “I’m not as motivated at school because it’s draining, it takes a lot out of you and, not to mention, towards the end you get so incredibly tired and sick of it to the point where the motivation disappears.”

There are a lot of students who feel the same way Gerrior does but there are people who are actually more motivated now than they were. One of those students being Ty Davis.

Davis, another sophomore at Lakeland High School, said, “No, I actually am more motivated because at the beginning of the year I put all my assignments off and now I’m trying to catch up on all of them.”

Motivation seems to be seeping away from students, regardless of the time of the year and it takes their peers or their parents motivation to get them to the place where they want to or need to be.

Sadly, this isn’t the case for everyone; they hadn’t had that determination throughout the year so their grades drop and it’s difficult to get them back up. But once they get them back up, Gerrior states, “You feel this weight get lifted off your shoulders and it’s the most relieving and rewarding feeling.”