It's hard to believe that this school year, my last year
of high school, is almost over. For months I imagined what it would be like to
walk the halls as a senior for the last time. Whether I'm ready or not, my last
day of classes is quickly approaching. I've found myself torn between a desire
to enjoy this time and a desire to count down the days until my freedom. Don't
get me wrong, I'm not ready for college move in day just yet, I simply want to
finish up my finals and get on with enjoying the summer.
In my opinion, daily life is a difficult balancing act when it is this late in the school year. There is so much to look forward to, and yet so many things to do before you can officially declare yourself a high school graduate. For example, final
exams in every subject, playing tests (for music based classes), and final
projects. Just when you think you are in the clear, you are reminded that
"no more Regents exams" does not mean "no more work." How much time should you spend dedicating to class work as opposed to making plans for graduation? Certainly you want to maintain your grades, but you also want to have fun being a senior. Is it really possible to do both? And speaking of which, when is the best time to give in to senioritis exactly? According to Urban Dictionary, senioritis is "a crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as graduation." It's beginning to look like there will never be a perfect moment to succumb to this disease. Each class is spent preparing for a final, taking a final or finishing up material. It's certainly crunch time.
I'm sure I'll flip through my yearbook one day and think fondly of May 2012, a month during which possibilities and opportunities were endless. At this moment,
however, I'd rather it be June.
Once summer begins, it seems to pass by too quickly. Before we know it we are back in school and it is like we never left. This year there is so much more to worry about, not only summer plans but also plans for college. When that last day of Summer 2012 arrives I will be moving to a dorm away from home, starting an entirely different educational path. It's an exciting, yet daunting prospect. And for that reason, I'd like to close the book on high school class work. Pun intended.
But if there's one thing I learned this year it's how to be patient. I thought that once my AP exams were over, I would have a lighter workload all around. That was not the case. I still have plenty of assignments to keep me occupied until Senior Picnic. Therefore, my strategy for warding off senioritis is to remind myself that there is a light at the end of this tunnel. If generations of seniors before me have managed to survive this transitional time between high school graduation and the start of college, I can too. After all, as I walk across that stage to accept my diploma, thousands of college graduates will have accepted their diplomas as well. In just four years I will be graduating college, and most likely counting down the days until I start the next phase in my life.
To quote John Archibald Wheeler, "time is what prevents
everything from happening at once." When you think of it that way, having
a little time to kill is not such a terrible thing after all.