Michigan City High School can be very easily compared to the real world. There are so many different opportunities available, and you have the freedom to do whatever you choose. No students are limited to joining or participating in things, unless of course they don't make the grades. There are different kinds of people, so it teaches you not to adapt to people who aren't like you and the school forces you to shape your future and make the best of high school.
In the real world, you're going to have to be around and work with people who are different. For instance, if I were to get a high-paying job with people that I don't know, there may be people who may clash personalities. Being at Michigan City High School, you learn that everyone is different and in order to get things done, you may have to put your personalities aside.
The most important thing that Michigan City High School teaches you is responsibility. The teachers will be here for you, but if you decide not to cooperate, then that's your choice and you'll eventually be penalized. Just like if you decide to show up to a job late constantly. Eventually, you'll be terminated.
The good thing that this school has to help students be responsible is online grades. Students are able to check their grades online to see what they are missing and to see where they stand each marking period. Another good thing they have is tutoring sessions after school, so if students don't understand something being taught, they have the opportunity to get a better understanding at a tutoring session.
This school has a lot of good things to it. Just like real life, it can either be good or it can be bad. Life is exactly what you make it, which is exactly how Michigan City High School is.
Marcus Lester is a student at Michigan City High School. City Pride is a regular column produced by MCHS students.