The Annual Northwood Grade Drop hits again
While most people were holding glasses of champagne and clinging onto poppers on Dec. 31, eagerly awaiting the famous Time Square Ball drop in New York City, Northwood students braced themselves for a lesser-known, yet equally anticipated event: the Annual Northwood Grade Drop.
Known for the dreaded influx of tests and finals that accompanies it, the Grade Drop comes at the tail end of the much-needed Winter Break. The peril of Finals slowly creeps just around the corner, and the inevitable tip of the balance between letter grades approaches.
“I need a 97 percent on this final to get that A. A 97 percent. I can only miss one question on my test, and I don’t even know what I got on the last five quizzes,” senior Serene Chen said while tightly clutching her grades app in her hands and rocking in fetal position. “The colleges. They’re always watching. I really need this.”
However, the Annual Grade Drop isn’t as simple as just Finals. It’s also the sudden flurry of random tests, quizzes and assignments teachers give to students who have likely forgotten even the most basic quadratic equation.
“I think I’m dying,” senior Shannen Lam whispered, holding a pencil out as a sword. “Do you know how many tests I’ve had this week alone—the week before finals? 10. I don’t even have 10 classes! I only have five! How many more will there be? How many more until my grade drops?”
In this academic warfare armed with only a pencil and an eraser to defend themselves, students face this silent killer, praying that they won’t become its next victim. But with only so much time left to study and cram and with so much time wasted, casualties are inevitable.
And despite the promises students make before and during Winter Break, they all find themselves in the same place on the eve of the foreboding Grade Drop. As the countdown clicks down, they frantically search for math formulas and feverently skim Sparknotes, anything to prepare them for this final stand. It could be a surprise quiz or missed homework assignment, but students know that sooner or later, their grades will teeter off balance and fall into an irrevocable abyss.
Of course, students could prepare for this event and even perhaps prevent it by, I don’t know, studying in advance, or perhaps working on extra credit that will help them ensnare the coveted “A,” but who has the time—or rather, the will—to do that? So, for now, they might as well pop open a bottle of cider and take a swig.