Please change the one minute bell–we’re begging you

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Sanjay Fernando

The new one minute bell causes unneeded distress and panic—and we beg that it gets changed back as soon as possible.

I know you hear it. The alarming sound a minute before class starts. The shrieking bells of terror.

Maybe it’s fitting because going to class does make me want to shriek in terror too, but honestly, I don’t want to hear it. Neither does anyone I know. 

I don’t quite understand why the bell changed. The old bell was completely fine! Just as annoying, but I had gotten used to it and maybe even got attached to the loud rings telling me to hurry. That doesn’t mean I listened to it. If I’m late, so be it but I am never running to class. 

And this new bell is DEFINITELY not making me rush to class. Okay, it did make me rush the first time I heard it. Mostly because I thought it was some kind of lockdown alarm and I was going to die. But now that I know better, if I hear that sound, I walk even slower. It’s my way of boycotting the sound.

Of course, I understand that students are not getting to class on time, but changing the bell isn’t going to help with that. It’s not playing a hypnotizing sound to force the limp bodies of students into their classes. People are still not in class on time, AND my ears are bleeding. Not really a win-win situation in my opinion…

Somehow I relate to whoever changed the bell. When I stopped waking up on time to my usual alarm, I decided to switch to another alarm. I thought a change would be good! Maybe I wouldn’t have to run for the bus. I didn’t have to run for the bus after all! Because I missed it. I slept through the nine alarms and woke up at 12pm. 

I hope this is something we can all learn from. Changes are good sometimes, but if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. 🙂

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