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First Nine Week Reflections

Reflecting on how to do better throughout the year
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Photo by Campbell Cheers
Teacher, Ms. Jones is helping a group of kids with the lab. She is getting them started so that they can figure out who the kidnapper is.

After the first nine weeks, students have figured out what they struggle with and how they can fix it, they have found their friends again, figured out their most and least favorite classes, and what they plan to do for next semester. The first quarter was a learning experience for most students and they plan to use what they learned for the next quarter. 

“I managed to get all my work done, but I never really wanted to do any of it and sometimes my work was late and points were taken off which made me want to get my work done on time so I didn’t have to deal with that,” said freshman Aubrey Brown.

Struggling to turn work in on time was something mentioned by the students interviewed across all grade levels, these students also mentioned that they figured out fast how that affected their grades and used it to motivate them for the rest of the quarter. Using things you know brought you down to motivate you to do better is a good way to help yourself become better not only in school but in life in general.

“One thing I struggled with was being able to pay attention to everything the teachers were saying, it is really easy to get sidetracked,” said senior Aiden Brown.

Paying attention can be hard, especially first thing in the morning and at the end of the day, but it still has to happen to reach your full potential, even when it doesn’t feel like it. Finding things that help you engage such as doodle notes, writing key phrases on sticky notes, or anything that helps you that your teachers allow can be a good strategy to help you from drifting off. 

“Advice I’d give myself for next quarter to do better is do my homework, even though, I still feel like I did pretty good,” said sophomore Hailey Schiffer. 

Doing work at home can be difficult for some people because of all the distractions between family, chores, work, or pets there can be a lot of things going on that you feel like you need to pay attention to before you pay attention to school work but there can be ways that can help you get that work done if you have time at the end of another class you can work on your homework and just spending fifteen minutes after school and right before you go to bed can help you get your homework done.

“There were days when I had to stay after school to be able to get all my work done but it was worth it in the end because I did well in all my classes,” said junior Olivia Abbot.

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Marissa Sellers, Staff Writer
Marissa Sellers Bio   Marissa Sellers is a 15-year-old sophomore student-athlete. She has lived in Brunswick County her whole life growing up close to her family. She was born locally and loves being by the beach but wants to live somewhere a little warmer when she gets older. She likes to spend her time playing softball, watching Grey’s Anatomy, and flying planes.    “I have been playing softball as long as I’ve been walking,” said Sellers.    Sellers plays shortstop and center field on the school team and has played various other positions on travel teams. Throughout her softball career, she has learned to not take things too personally and enjoy the moment.    “My proudest moment would be my first time flying a plane,” said Sellers. “Growing up I’ve wanted to fly.”    With one of her grandpas being a retired pilot and her aunt a current one, Sellers loves to spend time with and learn from them. She has been flying with family for over a year and it holds a special place in her heart. After high school, she wants to go to college to become a pilot.   “My dream is to fly commercially,” said Sellers. “My grandpa and aunt both fly and have been a big inspiration for me.”    This is her first semester in journalism and as an athlete herself, Sellers looks forward to being a sports journalist for the West Wind and to create various sports articles and coverages for the program.  
Campbell Cheers, Online Assistance
Campbell Cheers is a seventeen-year-old senior member of the West Wind staff who really loves the beach. “My favorite part of growing up here is having the freedom to go to the beach whenever I want,” said Cheers. “Another thing I really like about living here is growing up and still having the same friends that I went to elementary and middle school with.” Her hobbies include playing tennis and pickleball with her friends. She doesn’t do it in a competitive spirit though. “We started playing tennis just for fun then that led us into playing pickleball,” said Cheers. “We don't compete or anything like that, it’s just for fun.” Campbell is in her second semester of the West Wind. She took a year-long break in her junior year but returned because she loved journalism. “I joined the class in my sophomore year,” said Cheers. “I didn’t do it my junior year due to a full schedule but I know I wanted to come back my senior year because of how much I loved the community.” Campbell’s plans for the future are to attend UNCW. She strives to earn a bachelor's degree in business. “I know I wanna go to UNCW because my parents went there,” said Cheers. “I also wanna go so I can stay close to home.”
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