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  • Carla Ruiz Fraile and Ellice Lim

Getting your Report Card

The end of a quarter is always stressful for students and teachers. You've just finished taking five important tests and handed in three different projects because no one has told your teachers to check with each other before they assign three tests on the same day. All teachers are pushing to get one last grade in the gradebook. For many people, report cards bring a sense of anxiety but also eagerness. The tension is high, and stress fills the air while everyone awaits the moment: 3:30 P.M. on Friday, when the school releases the report cards. Everyone prepares for and responds to this moment differently. We've thought of a few main reactions, and maybe one might describe you! 


The Forgetful

This person forgot that report cards were even coming out until they got reminded by the barrage of texts from their friends. Of course, they did not even realize that the quarter was over, much less that quarter grades were coming out that week. They also forget to tell their parents after school and usually don't check their grades until a week later. 


The Planner

This person has figured out their grades from day one, calculating what grade they need on the next exam to get their dream grade. He or she is satisfied with their quarter grades; nothing on that PDF will shock him or her. Nevertheless, they look over their report card, and what a shocker, it's all A+s. They show no sign of surprise or joy and just shrug, casually saying they knew they would get that grade. 


The One with Strict Parents

This person hopes and prays that their parents will forget about their report card coming out because he or she knows that the results will be less than satisfactory. He or she does his or her best to keep his or her mouth shut whenever the student’s parents ask about a topic remotely related to grades. This type of pupil logs on to his or her parents' computers to delete Mr. Hosier's email announcing that report cards are now out and any other indication that grades are coming out that week. When their parents finally see their report card, they hide in their room or plan to run away from home and stay a few nights at their friend's house to avoid their parents taking their phone away for two weeks.


The Overachiever

He or she goes above and beyond to get that A+. Not only does the pupil’s parents have high standards, but so does him or her. This type of student wants more than anything to get that perfect GPA, even crying over a 98 percent. Such a youngster most likely celebrates the day that report cards come out, counting down the hours. The overachiever is also very competitive and will ask others what they got on their report card. 


The Anxious 

These people are always anxious about grades and don't have the slightest clue about what marks they've received in their classes because they haven't figured out how to calculate their grades yet. After a few hours of praying for good grades and encouragement from their friends, such types finally take a peek. They get all As and let out a huge sigh of relief. If they got a B, it would be the end of the world for them. 


The Unfazed

These people don't care much about their grades and are mostly just trying to get through the day, thinking about food and a nap after school. They have a few As and Bs, as well as one or two Cs (but they aren't going to discuss the matter). Likewise, their parents don't care about how well they do in their classes as long as they try their best. They do not admit it, but it's safe to say that as long as they pass, that's enough for them. 


How you react to your report card is up to you. But getting your report card is an experience nonetheless. We wish luck to everyone as report cards come out in the future, especially if you're The One With Strict Parents or The Anxious. 

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