Every day I realize that I’m a senior. I know that probably sounds like a weird thing to say, but every day I have this enlightened moment where I say to myself “Whoa. This is my last year of high school. This is my last year of mandated public education.”
When I wasn’t a senior, I heard seniors talk about missing things about the place they live before they move, and this is something I’ve been consciously trying to avoid. I thought it would be easy, because the place I live is notorious for its lack of things to do. I’d bet that Murrieta is more exciting than a farming town in Nebraska, but if you only went by what you heard from the kids here, you’d think that this city is some kind of punishment. It really isn’t that easy to stop those nostalgic feelings from forming, though, even this early in the year.
Despite my attempts otherwise, I’ve started to notice things that I really like and that will be different no matter where I move. They’re usually just little things, like the Chinese restaurant with the sign out front that says “CHINESERESTAURANT” that serves amazing orange chicken. Or the fact that every morning on the way to school I see hot air balloons in the distance over the wineries. Or just the fact that I have a comfortable house to live in. When I go to college, I’m going to have to live in a dorm. I’ve stayed in the dorms of three different colleges for summer camps and programs over the years, and the thought of living in a dorm room just doesn’t appeal to me.
It’s not just material things that are becoming apparent, though. It’s people too, like my family. Obviously, I’ll never lose connection with my parents, but after next summer it’s going to be different. It’s something that I look at with a good mix of apprehension and eagerness. I’ve always been excited to live in my own place, have a job, and earn my own money. But it makes me sad to think that this is the last chance I have to spend a lot of time with my parents and family. Have I taken full advantage of the time I’ve had? Of course it’s fun to think about being independent and responsible, but it’s not fun thinking I can never go back.
And it’s the people at school. I’ve mentioned before that we have a large student body. With the understanding that by June this campus will no longer be home to me, I realize that the people I see every day I will most likely never see again. I’m not really concerned about friends — we’ll find ways to stay in touch — it’s more the people who I don’t yet know. At a school of so many, I can honestly say that I see a new face every day. It’s a little weird, and it’s a little depressing. I’ve had all this time to meet as many people as possible, and I do think I did a pretty good job of it, but there are still all these people I haven’t met. What about those people? They’ve been there, but I haven’t learned from them. I have so little time left to glean whatever I can from them — stories, experiences, jokes, whatever… I have a hard time not seeing them as a missed opportunity.
Every day the future becomes more real. The idea of college and life after college becomes less of an intangible fantasy and more of a hard reality.
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High School. Four years of growing up and probably a time in your life where you go through the most changes. In high school you are able to discover yourself and find out who you are as a person. Each year is special and unique in their own way.
Wahoo! You made it you are finally in high school. You are now a freshman and at the bottom of the food chain. All eyes are on you because lets face it, your new and everyone wants to see what you have to bring to the table. Not only are your peers watching you with close eyes but teachers and coaches as well. Freshmen year academically can sometimes be overlooked. Kids have such a busy schedule compared to middle schools days and balancing your schedule is a common struggle. However, it is always best to try your hardest because messing up one year or even term will haunt you and your GPA for the rest of your high school career. So even though your social life will be crazy freshman year, always make sure to save some time for school work too. You will appreciate it in the long run.
Next comes sophomore year. To be honest sophomore year can be looked at to be pretty boring. The beginning can still be fun because you still have some left over excitement from freshman year, but after that it sort of wears off. You are no longer looked as new and people have already came up with their perspectives of you. You are not at the bottom at of the food chain anymore but you have not yet climbed the ladder to become an upperclassmen. Another thing that is the evil of all evils that can occur during sophomore year for some students is Algebra II. If you take Geometry freshman year than Algebra II is next on the list. For me personally, it was the pain of my existence. Other than that, the best word to describe sophomore year is alright.
Now what? Yup you got it, Junior year!! Arguably the most important year of your high school career. You are finally an upperclassmen and this is your year to shine. It is the time to build up your resume and boost up your grades to end your year with the best grades you can to put on your transcripts. The classes are manageable too because by now you know the routine of things and have a better idea of time management. Another perk of junior year, for girls particularly, is Junior Prom! Junior year is a good one so enjoy it and study hard!
Last but not least is Senior year! Yay you made it one more year to go! Senior year is filled with activities and there is always lots of work to do. In the fall you are busy with trying to get the best grades you can in order to boost your GPA to its highest potential. Along with working your butt off with school work, it is the time to show off in sports and do your best, especially if you are looking into doing a sport in college. Lastly, something you do that is specific to senior year is actually applying to college. It is the time where you decide your future. Although it its busy and a bit stressful at times. It is really fun and exciting so have fun and enjoy! What is your favorite and why? Sound off in the comments section!