Senior year: not as easy as it sounds

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Senior year: not as easy as it sounds

Samantha Teshima and Melody Schwartz

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“Second semester senior year is so chill.”

Seniors believe in the mentality that their last year is a smooth sailing, free ride. Sadly, this is a common misconception that is not so true. With just a few days of school remaining, most students are counting down the days, anticipating the end of the school year, especially seniors.

Yes, we are near the end, but we have gone through a lot to get to this point. We have survived the horrible first semester senior year filled with college apps, maintaining grades, and still trying to fit in a social life.

And, even if you are fortunate enough to have survived first semester unscathed, you are not finished with the agony. That “second semester senior” moment that you had been waiting for came, maybe stayed for a bit, and then left you with new projects, maintaining grades, and AP tests to study for, work slowly piling up as you pushed it aside for later.

“Right now towards the end, it is more stressful because we are going off to college and time just slips through our fingers,” senior Sarah Jackson said.

On top of all of those tasks, there is the issue that your mentality has diminished to that of a “second semester senior” when your workload has not.

“We’re leaving everything for the last minute because we are procrastinating,” senior Agustina Perez Blua said. “We become stressed out because of senioritis.”

It seems that the main flaw with the concept of “second semester seniors” lies in the way everyone perceives it. To teachers, this essentially means that students no longer have the motivation or capacity to learn more information and do productive work.

However, seniors who are actively involved in their classwork end-of-the-year projects, clubs, sports, and extracurricular activities find that there has not been a significant decrease in the workload. In fact, there may actually be more work now than before.

“Club presidency stuff has to come to a close, colleges have deadlines about accepting admission, and you lose a lot of friends,” senior Seerat Sekhon said.

Too many seniors stay up until the early hours of the morning to finish their work and study for tests. When they heard rumors they were going to catch a break for their last year of high school, they were sadly mistaken.

But despite the countless obstacles we seniors have faced, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel as we finish up these last few days. The end is quickly approaching!

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