Lessons for us entitled

Photo illustrations by Shane Bradshaw

Growing up in the Olentangy school district, we have been exposed to luxuries and privilege, whether it be our own family’s, or our neighbors. This exposure has influenced our mindsets, and many of us have come to expect want we want to be given to us. We have this idea that we are entitled—that we should simply be given the A or given the starting varsity position.

We get accustomed to life being easy, so when the time comes when we should be challenged, we fail. We’re supposed to work harder as life gets harder, not shut down and complain that life is unfair.

It is important for us to understand that we are entitled and the implications of it. We are used to having things come easy to us and this will put us at a disadvantage in the real world. When we leave the OLSD bubble we will have a prolonged adjustment period where we have to learn how to work for what we want.

During this time other people who learned grit earlier on will be passing us on in life. They will get the job, the promotion, the scholarship and we will be sitting there on the back burner wasting opportunities.

Teachers and parents should be pushing their kids to learn now that their hopes and dreams won’t be served to them on a silver platter. Now is the time for them to develop grit while we are still in high school there is a safety net for failure. We need to use this safety net before its gone and we’re falling on our face in the real world.

Some of us who don’t learn now will experience this rude awakening later in life, although that time is fast approaching. Others of us will never learn.

Don’t be that sad person trying to explain away your failures. Learn now. Get your grit and abandon entitlement. Work for what you want. Pop the OLSD bubble of entitlement before it pops you.

Recently, Principal Dr. Kathy McFarland addressed the seniors about the decision to not take the graduating class to Cedar Point. She said that for some reason we thought we were entitled to the trip.

While seniors do have some reasons to be upset, it does not justify their belief that administrations should simply hand them the trip just because. We need to learn the value of hard work and remember that life isn’t fair.

Students need to be taught that McFarland’s favorite word is more than just a breakfast food. Grit is about having perseverance and tenacity. Life can’t just be lived in the bubble of OLSD.

When students come face to face with the real world, they will need grit to get what they want; gone will be the days of entitlement. It’s survival of the fittest, and no one will survive simply because they were born into the top of the food chain.


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