Monday, December 9, 2013

The 4th Quarter: A Message to High School Seniors

Senioritus is a commonly heard phrase as my days in high school come to a close.  Students have begun to use it as an excuse to blow off homework and teachers have used it since last year as a threat to make us do our homework.  Why is it so hard to finish when we've come so far?  Students aren't the only ones suffering, athletes are as well.

My basketball team's record as of tonight is 3-3.  There's no reason it couldn't be 6-0, no reason except for the 4th quarter.  Our wins are won by 30+ points and our losses are by 2 or 3 points.  The losses weren't close games though, not before the 4th quarter anyways.  Those games from quarters 1 to 3 had favorable scores much like the final scores of our undeniable wins.

Were we too comfortable with our lead, already chalking it up as win?  Had we checked out of the game already, too tired or uninterested to finish?  I don't know the answer.  I wish I did.

Finishing may come as a challenge but when that challenge is overcome, as a team or as an individual, the rewards are rich.  Freshmen-Junior year efforts are not thrown out.  Put all four quarters together and you will have your victory.  Finish strong my fellow seniors, finish strong.

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