Seniors, Get Ready!
By Destiny Diggs,
The new year is upon us. 2013 has come and gone. Students of cohort 2014 are preparing for upcoming events such as prom, Senior Farewell , senior interviews, and last but not least, graduation. As the clock is ticking, Seniors are making sure that all failed classes are being made up, H.S.A.s and Bridge Projects are done and community services hours are complete.
For most seniors I’m sure their goal for their last year in high school is to have one or two classes and to be able to leave early. Some seniors have that opportunity; others aren’t so lucky. They are stuck at school all day finding ways to make up classes in Twilight, which makes their day at school even longer. But what has really frustrated most seniors including myself is the Bridge projects.
Bridge projects are basically packets that seniors have to complete in place of passing the H.S.A. We take Bridge projects because we could not meet the H.S.A passing score. The most Bridge projects a student can get is seven. How many projects they have to do in that subject depends on their H.S.A. score. The closer their score is to the passing requirement, the less Bridge projects they have to do.
Although Bridge projects can be stressful, it really isn’t the work itself that stresses seniors out. It’s having to find out how many and making sure you go to work on them during the allotted times because most teachers aren’t going to come get the students to come do their Bridge projects. Also you have to make sure you keep up with the class you’re being pulled out of to do your Bridge project.
Bridge projects are one of the major academic concerns for seniors, but there are also many extracurricular and financial matters that demand students’ attention as well. Let’s not forget senior dues. The specific package you want determines how much money you have to put out. Some seniors are getting the entire package, including Prom, Farewell, and Graduation, some are only getting one to two things in their package so they will pay less money. If they’re late with their payment they will have pay a late fee.
Of course, with all this stress and hard work there are some events in a senior’s last year that make it all worth it. Prom is one of these. Even though it’s only for a few hours, people spend a couple hundred dollars on their dress or their suit. Some even spend a couple thousand on their ride there because the entrance is just a part of the prom. Then they pay to take some pictures. But being there makes the money worth it for many students.
Senior Farewell is just a chance for the school to say goodbye to the seniors and hello to the new cohort. Then the big day approaches: Graduation Day. The final step in a senior’s last year is the moment you walk out on that stage and receive your diploma.
It might not hit you then, but once you leave that building you will notice that you no longer are required by the state to go to school. You can now make your own decisions on what you want to do with your life. You can go to college, trade school, work, anything. It’s now up to you and what you want to do.
Hopefully during your high school years you have gained some of the knowledge you need to survive in the real world. Hopefully you already have an idea of what you want to do with your life and know what you need to do to accomplish your goals. Although for most seniors it may be a stressful last year because you’re making sure all your ducks are in a row, once you receive that diploma and know you never have to come back it will all be worth it.