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Problem Situation

John and Emily are high school students who want to get good grades, maintain active social lives, and participate in sports. John is a linebacker on the football team, and Emily is a defender on the soccer team. Their busy lives prevent them from spending much time on their homework, and they both have been averaging Cs with an occasional D on their work in English class. The end of the semester is drawing near, and a major final project and test are looming. They both think they will pull off at least a B in the course by doing well on these final activities. However, both the football and soccer teams have qualified for post-season games, and both John and Emily are on the decorating committee for a major end-of-year dance which they will attend. Secretly they both want to be selected as King and Queen for the dance, so they have been spending extra time socializing with other students after practice in the evenings.


1. Do you think that John and Emily are deceiving themselves about being able to do well in their English class?

Yes they are, because they are very busy with their extracurricular activities and they won’t make in it time for school and work on their projects so as a result they cant improve their marks. They should prioritize school over anything, as education is one of the most important things in life.

2. What do you think might be the result of the schedule they are following?

With the schedule that they’re following, I don’t think that they will be able to improve their marks because they are paying too much attention to their dance committee and their extra activities that it will prevent them from receiving a B in English class. If they really want to do better, they should try talking to their teachers so that they can find a way to do good in their classes in a way that won’t affect their extracurricular activities.

3. If they don’t do well on their English work, will they blame others or themselves?

I would guess that they would blame others instead of actually taking responsibility for their actions. As humans, we tend to blame our errors on others, instead of actually thinking straight and recognizing our own faults

4. What, if anything, might you do differently if you were in their place?

If I were in their place, I would try talking to my teachers and finding a way that I can do good in my class and that doesn’t affect my extracurricular activities or my social life.