Positive and Negatives Of Open Campus

Is there really a negative in getting to leave school?

Reported by: Jaquelle Quenan

After years of watching the upperclassmen sign out of the Attendance Office and drive away for however many periods they have off, it is finally the Seniors turn. Open Campus is something that has been wanted since it was made aware of what it was. But like everything else, it comes with many positives and negatives. The positives are pretty obvious. During lunches or study halls it is allowed to leave. A nice break, for at least 40 minutes, is granted. Seniors can grab lunch, hang out with friends, or even go home. Which with as stressful and grueling as school can be, this 40 minutes can be really therapeutic. This also gives you a time to do your homework in a different environment, whether this be at your house or the library. Ellie Carl says her favorite part of having open campus is “being able to leave school early or get a break in the middle of the day.  For those who may not appreciate it, are among the negative side. Some with Open Campus don’t have a car or friends that have the same period off. This leaves them in the school being teased with the idea that they have to ability to leave, but simply can’t. This is unless they want to walk, which is probably not the preferred choice. Another downside is, when one only has the 40 minutes off, they don’t have two or more study halls or lunch back to back. By the time you get to your desired destination there is most likely only twenty or so minutes to do what you want before you have to head back. Which is not even enough time to get a really good power nap in. Now probably the biggest negative impact from open campus is the sudden lack of money. That one day you went to Aniello’s with friends became a week of spending your cash there. Not to mention the gas money, you from school, to a certain location, and then drive back. This is possibly done a couple times a day. Which leaves you with zero dollars in your pocket, or your bag, or your wallet. Malanuah Jones had trouble finding a negative with open campus but said “it must really be hard for those who had unsatisfactory last year because they are unable to leave until get about a U. Or for the people who didn’t have parking passes for their cars until a week or so into school.”  All in all, Open Campus is a blessing I’m sure most, if not all, seniors greatly appreciate.

Senior Bailey McGannon provides an example of yet another negative. The picture used for your OC card is your freshman or 8th grade yearbook photo.

Senior Bailey McGannon provides an example of yet another negative. The picture used for your OC card is your freshman or 8th grade yearbook photo.

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