The voice in the back of my head rambles about the pain of senior year
By Jessica Baskerville, Editor and Chief
Senior year is the the pinnacle of high school for obvious reason; it’s a year of lasts, you’re getting ready to go out into the world as an adult, and you get that pappppeeeeerrrrrrrrr. As a fairly new senior, I am extremely frustrated because I have never had such a heavy workload in all of my years of schooling. Don’t let High School Musical 3 and other pop culture references fool you; there’s more to senior year than anyone will ever tell you.
**Disclaimer: the article that you’re about to read is extremely negative in nature. If you’re trying to remain positive or if your head is already spinning, please use discretion.
Myth 1: Senior year is soooooooooooo much easier than junior year
- The truth- If you’re not going the four-year college route, then, sure, senior year if a breeze. If you are applying to four-year colleges, then your life becomes one massive, painful-to-watch juggling act. Chances are, because you’re trying to be a competitive college candidate, your senior year classes are harder than the classes you took last year; maybe you’re taking Dual Enrollment College Composition, or maybe this is your first year in an AP class, or maybe you’ve just never had a rigorous math or science course before this year. Not only that, but extracurriculars are big; perhaps you’re on the leadership team for an organization, a captain of a sports team, or an active volunteer in the community. Maybe you’re also taking on a part-time job, whether it be to provide for your family or to pay for gas to commute to school and all of your other activities. While doing all of these things, you have to also look ahead to the future and focus on your applications and other things to get ready for college.
Myth 2: Applying to college isn’t THAT bad!
- The truth- the burden–both financially and a burden on your time– of college applications topples that of whatever stress that club applications may cause. I thought that NHS and officer applications were tedious, and then the lovely common application came into play. On the surface, it doesn’t seem that challenging, but it’s extremely difficult to figure out what you want colleges to know about you and how you want them to know that information. The activities portion is all about the art of bragging, while also incorporating the art of bragging without sounding pretentious, while also being at or under the word limit. Not only that, but there are still multiple essays to write and edit, recommendations to retrieve, and applications and standardized test score reports to pay for. Also, there’s still schoolwork to be done in a timely matter.
Myth 3: Senioritis as a whole
- The truth- According to the fourth definition of “senioritis” on Urban Dictionary, senioritis usually begins “after college a
pplications and mid-year reports have been sent in.” While some seniors have sent in early and priority applications, the bulk of application deadlines have not even occurred at this point. Anyone claiming to have senioritis at this point of the year doesn’t have senioritis, they’re just tired and lazy, have been both of those things for a years now, and they probably just really want a hug.
Myth 4: It isn’t going to be THAT hard to meet the attendance requirement for exam exemption
- The truth: It’s more challenging than it seems. With all the looming deadlines, it is extremely tempting to leave school early and miss a class that you think will be pointless in order to be productive on other things. Also, you might, very reasonably, want to take a mental health day when everything feels like it’s all too much. Next thing you know, you’re halfway through your absences and the first quarter isn’t even over yet.
Myth 5: Yeah, but senior year will be better after college applications are done!
- The truth- Well, now senioritis ~officially~ sets in. Which is perfect because now there are financial aid forms and scholarship applications to fill out, all while your homework and extracurricular commitments still weigh on your shoulders. Plus, now it’s time to wait idly to hear from all of the colleges that you’ve applied to.
At this point it’s fair to ask: will there ever be a break?