Hard work brings good results. My time at Fenn has taught me much. So much, that some things I have learned have yet to be used by me. One of these examples is my level of effort. Of course, I try hard enough to retain good grades and complete homework. However, I think that a place as intimidating as high school would bring out the most effort in me.
Since I arrived at Fenn, I have felt like it is a comfortable place. At times, this may get to my head. Every once in a while, I will decide that an assignment or an essay does not mean very much to me personally. It is these times where I put in solely enough effort to complete the assignment.
Once I turn these in, I sometimes regret the decision to put in little effort. I see that it could have been more fun, more challenging, or I could have learned more from it, based on how hard I tried to do the work well.
Sometimes, enough effort will make something that is seemingly boring and unimportant mean a lot. This can make schoolwork more fun, if it were any fun to start with. I had an experience like this with the sixth grade explorer project. I was originally overwhelmed, but I was able to enjoy making the map, journal, and presentation (with enough effort), even though it took significantly longer than it would have been to "half-ass" it.
Fenn, to me, occasionally feels like too much of a safe place. This means that I am able to get away with putting less effort into some assignments. I think that although Fenn is a great place, it does not have that intimidation factor that high schools have. I think that under these conditions, I will be able to learn more about my subjects, have more fun working on them, and excel.