Giving truth to Memphis youth
By Johnda Washington
White Station High School
High school is exciting, nerve racking, rushed, annoying, fun, interesting, busy, tiresome…and did someone already mention nerve racking?
But then it’s over.
After 12 years of preparation made up of endless sweat, countless tears, and sleepless nights, you are released unto the world.
According to many teens the ultimate realization of this point does not come about until the middle of senior year.
The shock sets in, but there are a few basic options that are available at this point.
1. You can take your time and do absolutely nothing. I mean your fate has already been decided at this point right? You could at least enjoy yourself, wear sweats or large sweaters. And didn’t you do homework last week?
This phenomenon is called senioritis, and most seniors would agree that it is real. We have found that the only cure for this disease is graduation, if you make it that far.
2. You can become overanxious about every single thing that you have to do. You spend time worrying about school, college prep, and gross tests that involve sitting in a stuffy room for hours while your brain cells slowly deteriorate, don’t even mention the scores for those tests.
3. You can become a combination of the two above options. Perhaps you wear sweats and huddle into a ball while worrying about test scores, or maybe you become over anxious and worked up only to do absolutely nothing.
Yet some seniors may go through a period of time around this stage where they really start to realize how much of their high school life they are going to miss.
“I’ll miss clingy teachers,” said senior Sheyla Afina, who plans to further her education by majoring in International Relations and double minoring in Korean and Russian. “ I’ll miss teachers who actually talk to you as an individual. I’ll also miss the close friends I’m leaving behind.”
Many seniors feel the same as Sheyla does about leaving friends behind.
“I’ll miss my friends a lot,” said senior Dania Fance, who plans on attending a four year college to major in communications. “I’ll miss seeing them everyday.”
Notice the focus on chosen major and not on what college is to be attended.
The question “So, where will you be going to college?” is a sore spot for most seniors and it is to be avoided like the plague. Unless you are prepared for being brushed off, yelled at, or an outburst of sobbing, you shouldn’t ask. In fact even if you are prepared, you should try this fun tip instead: don’t.
By the end of the third quarter of their final high school year, most seniors are able to give some pretty great advice to those who will soon be in their place. They are experienced and their trauma is still recent, which means they will be very understanding.
“AP classes may look good on your transcript,” said Afina. “ But don’t overwork yourself. It’s your senior year so take it easy. Remember that college essays will also take up a lot of your time.”
You probably won’t be surprised to find that the thing most seniors would warn against the most is procrastination. It’s such a small thing, but it can have a huge impact.
“Do not procrastinate on anything you do in your senior year,” said senior Correy Mosby, who plans on attending Carthage College and majoring in neuroscience. “It will only hurt you in the long run. It is so important!”
“Don’t procrastinate!,” Fance, reinforced, “It [senior year] isn’t going to be as great as you thought it would be. I’m glad it’s [almost] over.”
Senior year is sobering for most. It’s the year that was designated, by some ancient and trusted figure, to be the true marker for adulthood.
If you pass the test you are thrust, almost blindly, into the world. May the odds be ever in your favor.