DepEd Balanga City

STUDENT’S ROLLERCOASTER: THE NEW NORMAL FEELS LIKE

Written by: Edryll R. Contreras, Teacher III – BNHS JHS

If we give energy a more figurative formula, it would be the amount of work divided by the rate of effort exerted by the students. In our current situation, education still amounts to something. It is a must and as a student, keeping up is a struggle. This tells the story of most of them, let’s call them students, who’re been through a rollercoaster that only goes down. What is that word, composed of seven letters, and written in red? The student looked closely. “Missing”. They sighed and dropped the task at hand—could be resting, reading, playing games, or also studying. Now, you see, the student is aware of this, and she dislikes the feeling of unproductivity. If one hates something, they should ask why they hate it. The student asked. They have two questions, two that’s been bugging them after reflecting.

First, the student thought that there is something wrong with the system. Maybe the formula is wrong. Maybe the solution is misleading, but how would the student prove that? Where in this world, solutions up to today are still being used to solve problems. But still, the student insisted, what if the amount of work is too much? Though possible, the student knows that the workload they are handling is tolerable, that there are going to be hell weeks, always. Like always. So, the student answered their question, so it’s not the problem. They moved on to the next question. Second, they asked, ‘Why?’. Why is studying so hard, why am I not learning, why am I not as accomplished like others, why, why am I not like them? The student looked at the mirror. Eyebags are present under their eyes, and they realize that their mother has that too. Even before they got theirs. “My mom is not a student, but she’s also tired.” Not finding the sense they’re hoping for, the student clicked that one notification they’ve been delaying looking at. Marked grades and returned outputs. What is it this time? Scared, the student looked at it. Finally. After almost 2 minutes of staring at the clock. The student was greeted by their result. 50. Over 100? Oh no. Over 50. 50/50, very good! The teacher commented. They closed the app. The student was productive today they finally had the relaxation they’ve been longing for, and as a hypothesis was formulated, another question appeared. Maybe it’s just one of those bad days, the student said, finally relieved with their mark. Maybe the student was looking at their roller coaster in the wrong light, what if their rollercoaster is something that only goes up? Or maybe, also, they haven’t reached the part of climbing up, that’s why. It could always be both. Both up’s and down’s and as a student who’s drained, the highest part will always be the best part after so many journeys going down.

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