The Almighty A


Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to Free-Photos

We put such a strain on school, that we stop focusing on our character (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to Free-Photos).

As teenagers, our school careers are one of the most critical responsibilities we can have. It is identified as such because of the events that follow high school: college, employment, and beginning our own lives. So essentially, these four fleeting years can determine where we will be, and what we will be doing, for possibly, the remainder of our lifetime. Whether it be our grades, class rank, GPA, or SAT and ACT scores, these numbers affect what opportunities knock at our doors.

“Colleges determine how good of a student we are based on our grades and SAT and ACT scores,” said sophomore Ana Sallurday

Receiving the “Almighty A” is what the majority of high schoolers strive for. It is what our authority figures expect of us; it is what we expect of ourselves. We live in an era in which the numbers on a sheet of paper label us. These grades and scores determine how our peers and authority perceive us; if we are intelligent, hard-working, and responsible. SAT and ACT scores stand out more to certain universities as opposed to class rank and GPA. This system is a feeble way to determine the intelligence of someone. Not every person is book smart; some may be history buffs or computer geniuses or art scholars, and these characteristics cannot be measured by sitting in a quiet room for hours on end, filling in empty bubbles.

“Getting good grades and test scores help you look more competitive during the college admissions process. While they do look at other things like extra-curriculars, these scores are the most important,” said former student Jakob Weber.

Monopolizing numbers can be recognized anywhere, not just in a classroom. Weight, height, salary, sports statistics, and material possessions are notable for their ability to obtain control over our lives. Our appearances are judged on a daily basis by those around us, prompting us to be conscientious of every imperfection on our bodies. Not just our bodies, but also what we put on them. The clothes we wear, our homes, our cars, our income, and our technology are things we are judged on every day by our peers, thus leading them to assumed conclusions about our lives. This is no way to judge a person.

“Number of pirouettes I can do: if I’m having a bad day, and I can’t do a lot, my self esteem goes down,” said sophomore Natalie DeRosa.

These numbers, however valuable to each person, should not be what define us, but rather, our character, our passions, and how we impact the community around us.  These characteristics cannot be graded and put into PowerSchool, but are the tests that truly matter after high school and beyond.

“We should be defined by our motives; these things show who we truly are,” said DeRosa.