Curiosity killed the cat, not the teenager

Dear Readers,

We did it. We made it through first semester. To seniors, this is the final stretch. To juniors, it’s the time to start really focusing on raising GPAs and standardized test scores. And to sophomores and freshman— well, just have some fun while you still can.

However, with the relief that is second semester, comes a certain rut. You know what I’m talking about. School is slowing down, but it’s not over yet. Warm weather is so close that one can almost taste it (although it has been oddly mild for an Ohio January), and the days on our Countdown apps have almost reached double digits. For seniors, it’s particularly bad, but I’ll spare you from hearing about my struggles with senioritis for now.

No matter your specific degree of senioritis (early-onset, perhaps), I have found my creativity and curiousity dwindling as of late.

As the winter months creep closer toward spring, my thoughts have become drastically drearier: Ugh, do I really have to do this AP Gov homework? What am I going to do without my mom next year? What’s the point of working hard when I could just become YouTube famous and live off of fake storytime videos?

These questions plague my mind, but I have recently come to realize just how important it is to remain alert and curious, even in the relatively boring everyday life of a high school student.

Enter Greyson Van Arsdale, Copy Editor.

In March of last year, he wrote a story about the construction of gender-neutral bathroom at UAHS. It sparked much conversation, but after a while it seemed to be forgotten about.

Until he asked again. In this issue’s Spotlight story, “Where’s the Bathroom?” Van Arsdale exercises his curiosity and follows up with this unique story, featuring meaningful interviews from members of our own LGBTQ community.

So, instead of giving in to the third quarter rut, I encourage you to continue to cultivate your curiosity on a daily basis. If you see something that spikes your interest, ask a question. If you notice something wrong with the world, try to fix it. Who knows, you may just get some answers that lead to a solution.

Ellise Shafer

Editor in Chief