Why I don’t care about school anymore – The Simmons Voice

It is an act of resistance at rest.

Jade Tyra, contributing writer

For years, my daily schedule consisted of waking up at 6 a.m., joining meetings on Zoom, writing multiple articles, cooking almost all of my own plant-based meals, and getting A’s straight on all of them. my missions. At the end of the day, either I was using my last bits of motivation to mindlessly scrolling through social media while feeling guilty, or I was calling friends just so we could sit in silence and “co- work “together on our additional credit duties. .

While I might have seemed incredibly well organized, I was actually a constantly anxious teenager. Being “productive” was not satisfying, it was fun and self-indulgent. I was using my busy schedule to ignore the fact that I had to find genuinely healthy coping mechanisms instead of seeking academic and professional validation.

Unfortunately, this grind and girlboss lifestyle is encouraged from an early age. We are all told that our academic performance will be what will guarantee our success later in life. This “success” is defined as a person’s ability to secure a well-paying job that they will hold every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until they are old and (maybe) can finally withdraw from the labor market.

People are worth more than they are capable of producing. You don’t fail because you don’t go to the gym at 5 a.m. or procrastinate on your homework. We have aestheticized and accepted this incredibly capitalistic concept of productivity to the point where we feel guilty if we do not achieve beyond what is expected of us.

The entire academic system is designed to encourage students to work hard, hand in homework, and get good grades. Your ability to do well within this system is reduced to a number because progress is equated with grades rather than growth.

It is an act of resistance at rest. You deserve to take care of yourself and put your health and growth first. If we convince ourselves that burnout is successful, the only people we support are our bosses.

I’ve decided that instead of continuing to make homework, meetings, and emails my priority, I’m going to prioritize taking care of myself. So I don’t care if I miss an assignment or return something late, because making sure I’m ok will always be worth more than a lesson.

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