Let’s get real: Junior Portfolio

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Written by Nick Sneider|

            Change in schools is inevitable. Students are used to coming back to school every year and having to get used to of new policies. Whether they are good changes or bad changes, it’s inevitable. This year, the sophomores and freshmen got a big change sprung on them. For the first time in The Morgan School’s history these student will have to create a Junior Portfolio. People, students and teachers included, have very mixed opinions on this Junior Portfolio. I’m here to fill you all in!

            Ms. DelGrego organized a group of seniors to help sophomores on their journey towards having a great Junior Portfolio. This group meets with sophomores on advisory days in the library to help explain exactly what they have to do for the assessments on the works that they chose for their portfolio. I am part of this group so I have a firsthand look at how the sophomores are treating this new concept.

            The general consensus is that most students aren’t too thrilled. Who would be when they look at all the work that needs to go into it? Most are willing to buckle down and get it done during advisory, but some seem to think that it is something they don’t have to do. Most kids don’t realize that they need this to graduate. It’s like a term paper for English, except students have to prepare for it starting as freshmen. If students don’t do it, they don’t graduate. It’s that simple.

            So what advice can I give from my perspective? Normally I would say, “If you can change it, fight it.” But in this case, that isn’t a possibility. No amount of complaining or protesting will get you guys out of doing this portfolio. So why complain? Don’t waste the time that we are using to try and help you by resisting the inevitable. If I were a sophomore, I would give it my all because if not, something as simple as graduating might become impossible.

            To all the underclassmen that are struggling with these junior portfolios, stay strong. They may be hard, and a pain, but they will benefit you in your reflections and without them you will not graduate. Good luck. This was: Let’s get real with Nick Sneider. Thanks for reading.