Senior Year: Necessary?

The truth about your final year in high school

Elizabeth R. Kimball, 2015 Fall J1 Student

As your final year of high school rolls around, a plethora of emotions and uncertainties arise.

Where did the last three years of high school go?

You enter “the best year ever” with a lot of high expectations and preconceived notions.

I, for one, believed that senior year would be the most fun and rewarding year.

On a scale of 1 to 10, I’m at about negative 15 in terms of productivity. Man, senioritis hits you like a semi.

So far, I’m on my longest streak of procrastination.

That doesn’t mean I throw my grades away, I’m actually doing very well in my classes. I already have over the required amount of credits for high school.

In all honesty, I feel like the core classes I’m taking now aren’t aiding me in what I would like to do post high school. I find it odd how physical education is required, but life skills or personal finance isn’t. I would be perfectly content with courses that actually help me with my future.

My first three years of high school were sufficient enough, and as of now I am taking “placeholder” classes.

Post high school, I will be paying for my own college. Right now, I am working two jobs and pulling in money for college. This is both strenuous and time-consuming.

I would like to graduate early so I can rack up that money easier. Many seniors have a similar issue and would appreciate the option of early graduation.

I know it is possible, but let me tell you how big of a pain in the butt it is.

One day, I sat in the office for 5 hours to simply find out how many more credits I needed to finish high school for early graduation. We talked about how great high school is, of course. But, we didn’t even make it to the part about graduating.

The school district puts more emphasis on your requirements for high school rather than your future career. This seems unorthodox to me because they claim to want to prepare you for the future but contradict themselves by making your graduation requirements lengthy.

I hope that in the future the school district makes it more accessible for in the final year of high school to be accomplished quicker and smoother.Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 11.06.17 AM