Saratoga Kids deserve a break

September 12, 2017 — by Shreya Katkere

“Where are you going? Who are you going with? When are you going to be back?” My parents drill me with a million questions whenever I ask to go out. They keep forgetting that I’m a high schooler and not a little kid anymore.

Unlike me, Ferris Bueller from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” has as much freedom as he wants. Within one day, he pretends to be sick, skips school, drives his friend’s dad’s expensive Tesla around town, lies to the principal to get his girlfriend out of school and pretends to be a famous man to get a free lunch from an expensive restaurant.

By contrast, most students at our school don’t bother trying to skip school because we don’t want to get in trouble with our parents or school administrators — or miss a day of school that might hurt their GPA.

The only time most of us ditch school is on Senior Ditch Day, and even then students force their parents to call them in sick because they don’t want to have a cut on their record.

This is so different from Ferris Bueller and his classmates, who hardly care about school and only care about having fun. Here, where there is so much competition and stress, academics are almost always present in the back of our minds.

Ferris has inspired me to have fun despite the strict rules we have in this society. Unfortunately, skipping school is not an option for me and probably many of you, but there are countless other ways to have a good time. Stop stressing and go out and do something that you really enjoy!



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