The Not-So-Big Contrast

The Not-So-Big Contrast
The Not-So-Big Contrast

First graders Sydney Singleton and Rowan Adkins both correctly assumed that seventh grade entails "lots of homework. Lots of reading," and lots of fun. Sydney even stated that "[she wanted] to be in 7th grade!"

7th graders Ainsley Cahill and Jamil Cola, however, stated that they believed 1st grade involves lots of "fun and games" and that you get to be "laid back." They even said that they wished to go back. Did these groups correctly assume? Why does it seem that members of both grades would like to be in the others' just as much as--if not more than--their own? Memory and hope can fool us in that way. How different are these grades in reality? Honestly, not as much as you would think. The two grades have similar subjects, including the basics of math, science, reading, writing, etc. They both still have lunch and recess.

So why do so many believe this contrast to be so huge when, really, it's not? Because we learn different things? Or maybe because we just remember having it easier in first grade, what with all of "the fun and games" and the overall "laid back" feel of the homework load and classes in general. However, we must remember that when we were in first grade, the homework then seemed hard to us. The math was just as difficult, science still hard to understand, and writing always powerful, but not for everyone.

So, the next time you feel overwhelmed with your academic life, the next time you despise your homework, just remember that there is someone wishing to be you.

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