Dreaming of sunnier days

Wasn’t it August just yesterday?

With the beginning of a new December, I recently realized that the August heat is three entire months behind us, even though it seems like just yesterday that I packed my backpack for the first day of school.

In the blink of an eye, the first few months of the academic year sped by in a blur of frantic early morning study sessions, afternoon club meetings, and a few more late nights than are good for anyone. Now, many students at Greenwich High School have settled into a winter routine that can feel like monotony.

Students often look upon the dreary days in the middle of the school year as little more than a barrier separating Thanksgiving break from the holidays and New Years from February vacation. Winter brings the stamping of frozen feet at the bus stop and the daily hope that the phone will ring in the early morning with news of a delayed opening and a few extra hours of sleep.

For seniors, the end of the college application process is visible, and they look forward to passing the torch to a new class of anxious juniors. Freshman can shift their focus from settling into a new school, and sophomores adjust to the new demands of their second year of high school.

The freezing weather outside can even affect the attitude of the students inside. In winter, remaining focused on schoolwork can be difficult, with the dark sky outside dampening spirits. But despite the cold, the determination and persistence of the student body at GHS never fails to demonstrate the commitment that Greenwich students as a whole have to their educations. This week alone, students participated in a choral concert, a Comedy Tonight performance and Names Day, an annual event held for the current freshman class to educate them about the importance of acceptance. And those are just the fun activities. At the end of January, students will flock to libraries and coffee shops to study for midterm exams.

Still, students can find some relief from the stress of preparing for exams by enjoying the holiday spirit that everyone seems to adopt around this time of year. Balancing school, family, and community commitments can be hectic, but it is still important for students to try to appreciate the unique atmosphere that accompanies the winter holidays.

Winter is the time for high school students to settle in for a season of hard work. While we all might fall into our daydreams of a quick escape to a sunny vacation spot every now and then, Greenwich High School students are always up for the challenge.

 

Danielle Connolly is a junior at Greenwich High School.

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