We’ve all heard it before. But seriously Seaholm, the whining really needs to be cut down.
Sure, everybody does it, and they should. No one is expected to be happy all the time. But when negative comments are the substance of the majority of conversations and social media posts, something needs to change.
For the past month it’s been just about impossible to go on twitter without seeing at least one tweet voicing the ever-horrifying, outrageous task of reading a 272 page book over the twelve weeks of summer vacation.
The irony that students find this such a daunting task is high. Many Seaholm students pride themselves on finishing a Harry Potter book, often times 700 plus pages, in a matter of two to three days.
The reality is that while reading a nonfiction book may not be on top of everyone’s summer agenda, life is going to require everyone to do hundreds if not thousands of things that they don’t particularly want to do.
While some teachers and parents might say that whining is a product of laziness, this simply isn’t true.
Seaholm students are statistically some of the highest achievers in the state of Michigan, often times AP classes, athletics, jobs, and social lives. Last year Seaholm had about 50 students heading to the University of Michigan, a college ranked as 28 by US News for the “Best University”.
So if Seaholm boasts all these amazing students, who cares if they complain, right?
Negative attitudes, whether tweeted, read, or spoken, have proven detrimental to a student’s success.
The book, “The Power of positive thinking”, by Norman Vincent Peale is dedicated to this idea. Through research and experience, Peale was able to prove that when people choose to focus on the positive, they are more likely to be happy and successful.
What does this mean?
Well if students were to go on twitter and find less tweets that go somewhere along the lines of “Bottlemania is the most horrendous thing ever, OMG I’m never finishing this book “they would be more likely to pick up the book themselves and finish their summer assignment.
While it may be true that old habits die hard, the urge to complain can certainly be contained.
The best example of this was demonstrated last year, when students and staff came together to mourn the loss of Collin Trask.
Within the few weeks after Collin’s passing it was much more common to hear and see voices of sympathy and compassion from the student body. The majority of people understood that the difficulty of studying for APs was nothing in respect to the loss of a fellow Maple, and no one dare voice a complaint.
It may sound cheesy, but sometimes taking a moment to realize how good life is can be an effective complaint mitigation tool. Sure, negativity and complaining is inevitable, but if not kept to a minimum can create a negative environment that hinders success.