Underclassmen should value time spent in high school, not rush ahead

Odi Opole, Web Editor

Seniors are like celebrities. They can drive; they can wear whatever they want and still look cool (because they’re seniors); they can schedule a day to skip school with few repercussions.

But senior year is not necessarily all it’s cracked up to be. It’s full of stress, some fun stuff and then a little more stress. Although they might not be worrying about school as much as we underlings are, they are worrying about graduation, prom, senior assassins, work, life after high school and The Future in general. Maybe they can take that mid-morning nap some underclassmen crave, but that’s only because they are beginning the adult tradition of staying up at night, worrying about The Future.

Not too fun, huh?

Now, underclassmen have it great — or at least better.

Freshmen have the easier classes, and at least more free time than they will later on. For at least a short while, they can afford to be late because they can still use the “I got lost” card. They appreciate the hugeness of the building and how incredibly cool the Avenue of the Arts is. Come on, be honest. When was the last time you looked at the windows and said, “That is so cool”?

Sophomores are arrogant because they can be — and because they suffered through the same thing a year ago. Sophomores are relieved because there’s no longer any chance of stumbling around school, dazed and confused, on the first day. They “own” the school — in their heads, anyway.

Juniors are seniors without college woes. Jobs, cars, tough classes and prom are their property. But at the same time, The Future isn’t breathing down their necks yet.

Nipping at their heels, maybe.

But leering behind them like the ominous bogeyman in the dark, scary closet of life? Not so much.

Juniors also have the real authority in the school. If sophomores talk the talk and walk the walk, it’s only because they’re practicing to be like the juniors next year.

Underclassmen also have the perk of making up three-fourths of the school’s student body —­­ we would totally beat seniors if the class competitions allowed alliances.

Being an underclassman sounds pretty good right now.

So, why do we race toward senior year? Why do we pine away for our 18th birthdays like we’re going to receive all of life’s secrets? Why are we so ready to not be 15, 16 or 17 anymore?

Why don’t we enjoy what we have?

There are so many parts of high school that you can miss out on if you don’t look for them. There are so many potential memories, waiting to be made, and you have to have memories before you get nostalgic.

Even though I’m just a sophomore, there are already tons of things I wish I’d made the best of freshman year — seven-plus hours of guaranteed sleep every night being one of them.

We all have things to capitalize on during our years as underclassmen.

Freshmen — just enjoy not being in middle school anymore. You have so many more fun clubs, activities and extracurriculars at your fingertips, and you’re not entirely swamped with homework yet. Figure out what you’re really interested in now so that when you’re a sophomore you can keep improving.

Sophomores — keep “owning” the school, and next time you’re on your way to the Fixed Forum or the PAC, remember how incredibly cool you thought those places were back when you were breaking them in as a freshman. And don’t forget to enjoy life, because it will get even tougher next year.

Juniors — these are your halls. You’re surviving the toughest year of high school while beginning to dominate the clubs and activities, waiting in the wings to take total control once those pesky seniors are gone. Enjoy being second-in-fictional-command. Life on the top won’t be easy.

Oh, and seniors — enjoy the nostalgia. You don’t need a 20-year reunion to remember all the laugh attacks and stress-induced-meltdowns you experienced in these hallowed halls. You don’t need senior skip day to know there have been lots of days you wanted to stay home. You don’t have to visit the basketball court to remember that game you won or the library to remember you and your friends’ communal APUSH freak-outs.

We all need to cherish the time we’ve spent or are currently spending at BV.

Instead of racing past grades 9 through 11 and waiting for grade 12, we should be enjoying each year as it races past us.

Instead of looking ahead, we should be looking around at what is happening right now.

Maybe even looking back.