Most people think that work starts when you either turn sixteen and can work in the local grocery market, or when you turn thirty and finally land yourself a career such as a teacher, secretary, lawyer, doctor, etc. However this is very untrue. Work starts at about the age of five. As soon as a young child steps their foot into preschool, nursery school, or kindergarten, they start their first of many years of hard work ahead of them. With thirteen years ahead, they will begin to learn to read, write, do algebra, learn geography, study science, learn how to write proper sentences, etc. As a student you take on many responsibilities.
First you must learn at what pace you need to work at a specific subject, which can take many years of work. Some students learn at a slower or faster pace than others. This can make it hard on the teachers and the other students in the class, therefore it is your responsibility to learn if a specific subject is your weakness or strength. Being in a class with students that learn the material slower than you can be very boring and can take interest away from the class and cause yourself and others to get into unnecessary troubles. At the same time, it can be very frustrating to you if you are in a class that learns the material faster than you. This can cause you to become lost and lose interest which is probably one of the top reasons why students fail a grade or subject.
As a student, you also need to be pervasive and hard-working so you can go after what you want to get out of your education. As a student, responsibility was one of the first qualities I learned. For example, when I was in second grade I had a hard time learning why homework was so important. I never did my assignments, yet I told my parents I did. Finally, one day my teacher called my parents and told them that I have not been doing my homework.
My parents then had a talk with me and told me how important homework is. "Even though you may not think homework is helping you, it does. It reinforces what you have done in class," my mom said. Ever since I did my best to do my homework and then realized that she was right. One of the best things I ever did was join the soccer team at my middle school.
In order to play, you must maintain a passing average (65 or above) to stay in the sport. Because I love soccer so much, I make sure that I do my homework. Being pervasive and hard-working was mostly taught to me through soccer. In order to play in games I must work hard at practice.
I use this analogy with school work. In order to pass the test I must work hard in class and on my homework. Success in the classroom is very important to success in your career. If you do not work hard in school, most likely you will not work hard in your career.