May 10, 2011
Senior year is almost over and students are rushing to get things done. Seniors are stricken with “senioritis” – a term we like to use to describe the way our brains stop working and how we have no motivation to do any school work at all. However, instead of giving up, we need to finish this year strong.
Senior year is known to be the best year of anyone’s high school career. It’s an exciting year. Students have fewer classes, they enjoy the last of the school activities they can participate in and become closer with other students, branching out their circle of friends.
However, as exciting and great as it can be, the end of the year is hectic, scary and sad all at the same time. Students, such as Bailey Currington, expressed that at the end of the year, things get “hectic” because we’re “getting ready for graduation, making sure we’re passing, etc.”
Not only is the end of senior year hectic, but it is scary and sad to be moving on into new lives. Some students move out and head to college while others start a new life wherever they go.
“I feel excited and scared at the same time,” said senior Kale Heckerson. “I am excited to move on to college and meet new people from all over the world, but I am also very scared to leave Grand County because I have lived [here] all my life.”
We may think we have things figured out and that we’ve grown up, but the truth is, our lives are barely beginning. It’s frightening to see our lives changing in the blink of an eye. We are sad to leave the people we grew up with.
“[When] I was in the car at the park watching everyone and everything, I started feeling empty. I may have only been here for 4 years but I am going to miss everyone, even the people I have not talked to or hung out with,” said senior Katie Mattfeld. “Our class is so close that it is sad to move on. But I am ready to move on and go to college and just get out of this small town- even if it means leaving high school.”
When we look back at the year, we smile because we all know it’s a year to look forward to. We learn a lot towards the end of the year. For example, we learn that if you don’t complete your community service hours or your senior presentation, you get non-stop mail from the school threatening that if the requirements aren’t completed, we won’t be able to graduate.
“Make sure you get your senior presentation and community service hours done first thing,” said senior Katie Fisher. “Don’t make it last minute.” If you wait until last minute, you will be panicking and running around like chickens with your heads cut off trying to complete the requirements. Trust me, it’s happening now. You see it at school and it will continue until the very last day of school.
Don’t get me wrong, the end of the year is hectic, but it is also fun. It’s the time where we reflect on what we have learned and how much we have grown up and changed. We learn to be our own person and to enjoy life as much as we can.
Currington learned “to be the best [she] can be and not let anyone get in the way of what [she] wants to achieve.”
“The biggest lesson is to never take anything for granted,” said Mattfeld. I mean, learn from your mistakes.”
“Take advantage of hanging out with your friends and family because you never know when the next time you’ll see them [will be] when you go out on your own,” said Fisher.
Whether we are ready or not, graduation is around the corner. It’s exciting and scary, at the same time. We will begin new lives with the knowledge and experience we gained from high school, ready to take on our futures.
I look back and think “what a great year.” So, to all underclassmen and next year’s seniors, I wish you the best and advise you to take advantage of your last year in high school. Remember, it’s as Mattfeld said, “it is easy to slack off senior year, but just live it up. It is the best year of high school, so just have fun.”