Opinion

The Best Way to Predict the Future? Create it.

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The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Why are we waiting? Waiting to see what will happen? Waiting to see how things will go?

The future isn’t set in stone. It is fluid, constantly shaped, constantly changed by a compilation of little things that have happened. Little accidents. Little decisions.

Think back to that time last Sunday when you headed to the mall to buy a present for your sister’s birthday. You missed the bus by a minute. Now you will need to wait another fifteen to catch the next one. You step into a store, just as a pair of shoes by the window catches your eye. Now you try those on, because while you’re here, you might as well. That’s another ten minutes gone. You decide not to get them; they’re really not your style. Stepping out of the store empty handed, you see an old friend pass by. Eyes meet. Smiles are exchanged. Words, from years ago, are said once again.

But how many little things needed to have occurred in order for the two of you to coincidentally cross paths? That fifteen minutes waiting for the bus? That ten minutes trying on a pair of shoes? If those two moments had not been there, you would have just missed each other? And what about this friend? How many moments in his/her life would need to have been aligned in order to see you again?

And with all this said, the future is fluid, changed by every minute and every breath. So how can we sit here, predicting something so inconsistent? Because every second that we wait, wondering what will happen next, the future realigns itself. Chances and moments slip by.

So if that’s the case, and we can’t predict the future, then why don’t we just work to create it?

– Carline H.

Student Uses Classmate’s Test Mark to Inflate Own Ego

In a school as academically rigorous as Churchill, it is no surprise that students often vie for the top mark in class. “I suspect that people who are insecure regarding their own achievements gain some sort of validation from using their peers’ achievements as a benchmark,” says Sally Young, known for politely but firmly shutting down inquiries about her grades. “ I guess I understand their behaviour, but I don’t condone it; I feel that unnecessary comparison damages self-esteem and stunts intrinsic motivation. Personally, I just want to do the best I can without letting a low mark get to my heart or letting a high mark get to my head.”

Classmate Ray Gill subscribes to a different viewpoint. “If my class percentile is below 95, how will I get into MIT’s Department of Biological Engineering, let alone John Hopkins Medical School? They’re highly competitive programs. Don’t get me wrong, I’m ambitious, but I’m completely altruistic. I just want to make the world a better place.” When asked how gloating at Young upon scoring 5% higher than her on a math test made the world a better place, Gill murmured incomprehensibly. He  later denied allegations that his post-Churchill plans were fuelled in any way by prestige, income, or familial pressure.

– Areeba K.

Senioritis Epidemic Flocks Churchill’s Campus

Like diarrhea, Senioritis afflicts twelfth graders indiscriminately, paying no heed to their age, race, socioeconomic status, or previous study habits. Symptoms include poor work ethic, repeated absences, excessive wearing of sweatpants, generally dismissive attitude, regret for taking Math 31 without needing to, and thrill-seeking behaviour. If patients cared enough to probe its causes, they  would find “being tired of this sh*t” and lacking enthusiasm about finishing the current chapter of their lives when a more exciting one is on the horizon to be  among them.

“I used to be busy juggling school, work, and extracurriculars, but the only things I’ve been juggling lately are my balls,” says Michael Jones, whose devotion to refining his juggling prowess has been inversely proportional to his physics mark. “Like, I recently had a lab report due. I decided to do it during tutorial. After sleeping in and missing tutorial, I decided to do it during my spare. After going to McDonald’s during my spare, I failed to hand it in. I considered doing it later that night for partial marks, but in the end, I was too lazy to bother doing it at all. Oh well.  I already got accepted to UBC’s School of Engineering. As long as I scrape by with a pass in physics, I’m good to go.”

The only known cure for Senioritis is a phenomenon called “Graduation.”

– Areeba K.

“Mac’s Across the Street Doesn’t Look Like it Plans to Reopen Anytime Soon,” Claims Dejected Student

According to twelfth grader Julia Chan, the Mac’s across the street from Churchill appears too shabby to resume business in the near future, wreaking havoc in the hearts of students who relied on it for emergency slushy cravings. “A few days ago, I had to transit all the way to the convenience store by Dalhousie Station to buy my slushy, which I’m only calling a ‘slushy’ because you told me calling it a ‘Slurpee’ would be copyright infringement,” she disclosed to our reporter. “The acquisition of a slushy would have taken me, like, three minutes back when the Mac’s was still open, but factoring in the commute, it ended up taking me over thirty minutes.” Chan paused to wipe a single tear off her cheek. She is not alone in her aggravation. In a survey conducted by our research committee, three out of three students wished the Mac’s would reopen. As of press time, Chan had left the school to make yet another lengthy pilgrimage to the convenience store by Dalhousie station.

– Areeba K.

Having a Blue Christmas? 5 Ways to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

You know the feeling. It’s already well into December, and the days are flying by. Christmas lights are sparkling on every house, Christmas trees are gleaming in every window, and everyone seems to radiate that festive holiday spirit – but you’re just not feeling it! The holidays only come once a year, so it feels like an awful waste to not make the most of the season. If the bad weather has you feeling more Scrooge-like than spirited, fear no more – we have 5 surefire ways (more…)

Club of the Month: Debate

Debate is the best club in the entire school. Everyone should join debate. If one had to choose between winning the lottery, and attending the Sir Winston Churchill High Schools debate tournament, the choice is obvious, attend the debate!

Hopefully, you, the reader, haven’t gobbled up everything I have said as true, because that would not be in the spirit of debate. Seriously, comparing debate to winning the lottery is ludicrous, but I stand by the first point I have made. Debate is the best club in the school!

Wherever one goes in life, whether it’s traveling abroad or working in any field, speaking is a necessity. Debate fosters the art of speaking, and all debate club members are able to whet their speaking dagger. Our team attends conferences held by a variety of schools, we practice in club sessions held every Tuesday after-school for exactly an hour or less, where we can simply enjoy speaking, listening, and gathering a myriad of perspectives on specific issues. In order to have the sharpest speaking dagger’s around, the SWC debate team contribute ideas to different topics, and critique and commend our fellow comrades’ skills.

You can conquer your nervousness with enough practice in debate. If you get “butterflies” before class presentations, or can’t stand speaking in front of a large crowd, debate is the answer. Critically thinking on your feet is tough, but it’s a trademark of being a good debater. Through participation in the SWC debate club all members have the opportunity to hone their skills with an encouraging crowd, in turn crushing your nervousness and propelling your thinking and speaking skills.

Last but not least, debate is fun! I’m kidding, that was too cliché; the real reason debate is great is because you have the opportunity to learn new things. Okay, I admit, I’m beginning to run out of ideas here, but you get the idea: debate is great.

Aspiring Churchill debaters proved to be a force to be reckoned with at the recent Churchill Debate.

Aspiring Churchill debaters proved to be a force to be reckoned with at the recent Churchill Debate

Following a day, month, or year of club sessions, the improvements in your speaking skills will be guaranteed, in fact, prior to my first meeting I did not know any English whatsoever, but immediately following the meeting, I can now debate as a fly can fly (warning, slight exaggeration). As a side note, I would love to have a debate with my English teacher: This House Would Prohibit the use of Comic Sans in all Student Created School Assignments.

– Vishwa S. and Roy Z.