“Do we have homework?” I heard this from the back of the room while I was facilitating (what I thought to be) a good discussion on how the American Dream relates to To Kill a Mockingbird. Here is the thing about that question: it is incredibly vague. That is, just because there isn’t an immediate need for something to be done, doesn’t mean that one should not work hard to progress in it.
I have tried to apply these thoughts to my own life. I have to continue to remind myself that there is always more to do (an intelligent group of hard-workers often call this the “magis,” the name of said group escapes me now). This idea of doing more applies time and time again: lesson planning, sure, but also quiet time, exercise, being in community, personal enrichment, etc. There is always more and I can always be doing more. The key is how to prioritize where I put my energy.
Throughout this ASC experience at De Smet Jesuit High School, I have learned that this balance between spending more time on the immediate need and spending more time on other needs is incredibly hard. I have many personal goals that I would like to work towards but sometimes my goals at De Smet get in the way of that. I have a great ASC community but I also cannot neglect the friends I had coming into this experience. I am present here at school but somehow trying not to disregard what life I may have after. This idea of trying to figure out where I can and where I should put more effort is a constant endeavor.
Two things are for certain though. First, I don’t think any of us can go wrong if we give our all, whether it is in class or on the sports field, in the theater or in the jazz band room. Second (this is for all the students who read my blog), there absolutely is homework and it is posted online.