What Does it Mean to be a Student?

By: Kaiya Albert

What does it mean to be a student? Being a student consists of many things. It takes hard work, ambition, persistence and discipline. As school has been in session for a little over a month now, students and staff have begun to find a rhythm. Classes are picking up and athletics have already taken off. While being a student is not easy, staying organized and maintaining a routine are two key ways to being successful. 

A good way to stay organized is to keep track of homework and any assignments in a planner. Tracking your daily schedule in a calendar also ensures that you don’t miss any important events like clubs or practices for those who compete in athletics. Nowadays, with technology being at the forefront, there is a calendar app that allows you to do this. Google calendar even allows you to compile all of your schedules into one to make it easier and have a better visual for what’s planned. At the end of the day, we all make mistakes. We are only human, which means that we tend to forget things. However, being a proactive student and staying organized can alleviate that pressure of feeling the need to be perfect. 

Maintaining a routine is very helpful and beneficial for students. Not only maintaining a routine, but an effective one. In a report by Northwestern Medicine, it was concluded that maintaining an effective routine helps relieve stress and anxiety, allowing for more time to relax and leading to better mental health. Mental health is a huge concept in today’s social climate, especially in education. If students can do the small things to reduce that stress, it makes it easier to exceed in the classroom. 

What does it mean to be a student at Defiance? Defiance College is a small 4-year university that is all about service. Being a student means so much more than going to class. It means to get involved in as many ways as you can, lending a helping hand and being active members in the community. In a report conducted by Western Connecticut State University, the following consists of the beneficial gain that one can acquire from service: 

“Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity.” 

This week, what ways can you contribute to your fellow classmates and/or the community? 


https://www.nm.org/healthbeat/healthy-tips/health-benefits-of-having-a-routine#:~:text=An%20e ffective%20routine%20can%20help,emotional%20well%2Dbeing%20and%20energy. https://www.wcsu.edu/community-engagement/benefits-of-volunteering/#:~:text=Volunteering% 20can%20provide%20a%20healthy,sense%20of%20pride%20and%20identity.

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