A Student’s Story
By SAM R. THOMPSON
The New Year is here and, just like everyone else, students have given themselves goals to aim for. Here are some of the top resolutions of senior students as they make their way into 2018:
Seniors are starting to grasp the idea that they’re just a couple weeks from being halfway through the last year of their high school careers. As this realization hits them, many have resolved to make an effort to act kinder to their peers. Every student’s path is unique and they may never see their classmates again after this year. With this in mind, seniors aim to stop throwing shade and start giving sunshine.
Students everywhere struggle with their schedules. Attempting to balance school, sports, work and extracurricular activities can make proper time management seem impossible. The fight against procrastination is especially difficult after coming back from Winter Break. Students are struggling to get back into the swing of things, making this a popular resolution.
Whether it’s playing their favorite video game for an entire weekend or going sled riding in the snow, seniors want to go into the New Year with the mindset of getting all they can from life. For some, it will be their last year in their hometown so they aim to enjoy every minute of it.
For senior athletes, this is the final season in their high school athletic careers. As athletes prepare for the upcoming spring sports season, they are doing everything they can to make sure it is their best. Seniors know this is their time to shine and they want to go out with a bang.
Reconnect with friends
Who you hang out with in high school often depends on who you have classes with. Senior year is the time for friends who have grown apart to reunite once more before they leave for college. As the weeks wind down, the sentiment sets in and seniors are eager to reconnect with classmates.
Prepare for college
This resolution means many things for senior students. While some are still finishing up their college applications or deciding on a major, others are applying for scholarships or getting an extra job to help pay for the loans that are to come. Whichever stage in the journey students may be at, this resolution is one that they will all be working on in the months to come.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines senioritis as, “an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades.” This condition, although often joked about, is all too real to many senior students. Many seniors already have been notified of their acceptance to colleges they have applied for, meaning their ambition to earn straight A’s for the rest of the year has significantly decreased. Seniors everywhere have resolved to put up a fight to keep senioritis at bay until graduation, yet this is a battle not easily won.
Thompson is a senior at Hughesville High School. Her column is published on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Education section. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.