Senior Year Expectations

The 2017-2018 school year is coming soon enough, and as a current junior, I have pretty high expectations of senior year.

Junior year is arguably the worst year of high school. Everything that might be new to freshmen and sophomores are old news by junior year. Seniors are just as over it but only have two or three required classes, leaving them with plenty of room for electives — a luxury juniors do not have. Plus, junior year is the year family really ramps up the number of times they grill you about college and your Great Potential. Maybe they realize it is the last full year of school before college applications are sent out, and they want to milk it for all its worth. I am not sure I have ever been so happy to leave a school year behind, even if it means I am only one year closer to mountains of student loan debt.

One thing I am really looking forward to next year is more freedom. As a kid, I did not exactly anticipate going to high school and needing a hall pass for as little as drawing breath. With the new Power Hour we are adding into the day, it will give me a chance to have the privileges I feel a high school student deserves (assuming other students can be mature enough to not ruin it).

Another thing — and I have already mentioned it — is all the room in my schedule I will have for more electives. Generally speaking, elective homework is far less stressful than what you get for core classes, and I am completely over having hours of homework to do after long work shifts on a weeknight. Plus, less time spent on assignments after school and on weekends gives me more time to work on the Senior Capstone (an endeavor I am actually really looking forward to). Hello to my first stress-free year since middle school.

One final thing that makes me excited for my senior year of school is that I get to pick who hands me my diploma come graduation day. I think it is important that I get to let a teacher know they have made a difference in my life by having them do that. As a future teacher myself, it would be a huge honor to know that I made such an impact on a student that they would want me to present them their diploma before they go off into their new adult lives.

Overall, I think I have a lot to look forward to for senior year. If nothing else, at least it is my last year trapped in my parent’s house with no real autonomy and classes at 7:30 in the morning.

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