Students underestimate senior year


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Senior students experience stress due to the underestimation of senior year content.

Ryan Geronimo, Staff Writer

They said senior year is easy. They were wrong.

With the common misconception that senior year should be a walk in the park, 12th-grade students go into their last year of high school expecting more fun and less work.

However, several 12th-grade students were caught off guard with a rude awakening to the school year as their senior year began.

Twelfth-grader Neda Sohrabi said, “I thought senior year would be a breeze. It seemed like it would be all fun and games based on what previous classes have said.”

With rising homework loads and college application deadlines approaching, students are forced to crank out work and sacrifice free time.

Carlmont senior Jason Jung said, “I am working and because of football, I can only work on weekends. I usually work from noon to 8 p.m., so that takes up my weekend.”

When he has free time, Jung does not waste it. Instead, he uses it to further his progress in his academic endeavors.

Jung said, “To make use of my free time and take advantage of it, I will finish my homework in class and then start brainstorming ideas for college applications, or other stuff like that. At home, I plan out what I have to do and force myself to stick to my schedule.”

Other students prepared for their senior year by taking the necessary precautions before the school year actually started.

“I knew senior year would be difficult since I have to juggle college applications, extracurriculars, and school. So, I made sure to limit the number of AP classes that I am taking,” said 12th-grader Blake Dubois.

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With senior year kicking into full gear, many 12th-grade students have learned the same value: time management.

A common theme in the life of a 12th-grader is the fast passing of time, and students learn to make the best of it in the busiest of days.

Twelfth-grader Ethan Wong said, “You will not succeed unless you are willing to sacrifice something to get what you want. It could be sleep, a TV show, or anything taking up time that could be spent on more important things.”