Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1983

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,EEL A at J 7 The GPA rush Friends began to disappear. The social life went down the ubes. The library became a second home. and a gnawing :oncern made those long hours of studying seem really mportant. Why the sudden change after two years of fun! It was the SPA rush that hit your junior year. You realized that your grades were not as good as they needed to be, and time was 'unning out to raise them. Everyone had his own reasons for not doing well those iirst two years of college. Reasons ranged from "I'm still ad- usting my study habits from high school" to "my classes :his semester are tough . . . really. they are." Brett Porter, junior accounting major from Dallas, said, 'During my junior year I wanted to improve my GPA. but :he classes were getting more in-depth so I found myself struggling harder to maintain the same level." Matt Ray, junior mass communication major from Dallas. disagreed. "I studied very seldom. I used my study time wise- .y, but I didn't do it veryrnuchf' Concerning why studnets didn't do as well the first two years. Mary Kirschner, junior biology major from Fort Worth, said that "students didnt develop proper study habits in high school. College was a new environment. and :here was a big emphasis on dating and extracurricular activities." Scott Bybee, junior accounting major from Niles, Mich., hr..-.-:-2' iii' Wi ,L-e i -.:' -Ai in 72' Q, EV E' I . -'L'! g,', . ill , as ' said, "I think it was okay to slack off the first two 'years before getting serious about studies because you were busy establishing friendships that would be important to you dur- ing your junior and senior years." Mary, on the other hand, said, "No, I didnt think it was okay. but I did it anyway. Ifl had it to do over again I would work harder my freshman and sophomore years so the junior and senior years wouldnt have so much pressure." "As you looked at individual classes, grades probably wouldnt have had that big of an impact. The classes were generally required classes. But in your overall GPA. your freshman and sophomore years weighed very heavily," said Mary. Sometimes people expected - and accepted -- the fact that the first two years of college were an adjustment period and shouldn't be taken too seriously. But others believed that was a risky judgment, especially when it came to job time. Mary summed up her feelings about the GPA rush and the adjustment that needed to be made: "You were forced to make an adjustment whether you were ready or not. I was ready for my last years. but I didn't expect them to be easy." You kept burning the midnight oil and drank strong cof- fee to keep you awake. Well, was it worth it? If so, you did good. If not, you blew some big bucks and lost a lot of sack time. -jonathan Gibbr Smith, Paul Smith. Roger Sneed. Lori Sorrells, Stephen Southward. Kris Sparks. Sandra Spence. Karen Spencer. Billy Spot. Sheryl St. Clair, Marcy Steward, Kellie Stewart. Tammy Stickler. Douglas Sticklenjill Stockdell. Kim juniors X 99

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