I’m nearing the end of my senior year, and honestly, I’m glad. This school year’s been quite a wild ride. As the weather begins to warm and students start to run for the finish line waiting for them mid-June, the seniors start slumping. It’s natural, of course, for every senior to relax just a little. No one is writing any more supplemental essays and filling out The Common Application. No one is worried about sending his or her first-semester grades to colleges. You’d probably expect all of the seniors to be relaxed and Hakuna Matata-ing into the sunset, but they’re not. If I’ve noticed anything this year, it’s that everyone needs to take a break from the same school system and social interactions he or she has cycled through for 18 years. Everyone’s understandably restless.
So what happens when you have a bunch of restless seniors sitting in classrooms and wandering the hallways with little regard toward what they’re learning? Any teacher can tell you this is where the school year becomes the most frustrating because it’s so much harder to keep a lid on the antics. Not that they can be blamed for wanting some fun; they’ve been stuck in the same loop for four years and are just now seeing the end of it. I don’t think that every kid should descend into anarchy, but I do think that it’s perfectly acceptable for everyone to take a step back and try to enjoy the rest of senior year. Give yourself some more free time to have fun, but don’t forget to keep your grades up — you don’t want to get rescinded for avoidable mistakes.