By Jocelyn Donaldson
We all have them: pet peeves. A pet peeve is something that irks us to no end, and are absolutely annoying and frustrating to deal with. Being the large pessimist that I am, I feel that some of the biggest pet peeves of this school should be discussed. So what are some of the pet peeves in this school? Are they major problems that need to be fixed, or simply small annoyances that we just have to learn to live with?
We’ll start with the small problems. One student admitted that “they hate the chairs in the school. They are uncomfortable and could definitely be changed.” Which is true. I mean we sit in plastic chairs for what? Possibly 6 or so hours? Actually being comfortable might help us learn better. Another smaller problem is the lighting. Sensitive eyes beware! If you can’t stand bright lights, then prepare for a constant migraine. One teacher actually tried to combat the problem with cloths over the lights to dim them a little. However, they are lights. We kind of need them to see, so they need to stay. Waking up really early also seems to be a problem, but I doubt it will be fixed anytime soon. There are numerous studies that show that we shouldn’t have to function at such an early time, but with rules, regulations, and traditions holding up change, the problems deemed smaller take the back seat.
Moving on to the bigger problems that should definitely be fixed, with one of the main concerns being the temperature of the school. I hear at least three people complain that they’re cold a day. There are some classrooms that are freezing and some that are hot. “Personally, I’m always freezing. If there was any way to fix this problem, it would be the first thing on my to do list” one student stated. An even bigger problem is lunches. There isn’t much variety, and in many student’s opinions, it’s overpriced. I understand we might not have room for elaborate additions to the lunchroom, such as a salad bar, in our budget, but some kind of change at this point is better than none. On the positive side, there are ways we can make a difference. The school has listened to us in the past, such as the backpack situation, so solutions, such as petitions, or simple ideas pitched to those who have the power to make a change, can go a long way.
I know i’m being negative. There is so many things that the school does well, but there is always room for improvement. I absolutely love complaining and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon because it gets your voice heard. I get that complaining isn’t a good habit. However, complaining can get things changed. Just look at what it accomplished last year. We can now use book bags. This wouldn’t have been possible without the voice and opinions of everyone reaching the right people who could eventually change things up. So let’s keep our complaints up people! Just make sure to keep them respectable.