It’s weird to think that my senior year is already just about half way over. Everyone’s acceptance letters are coming in. Our spirit week has arrived and passed in the blink of an eye and countdowns have begun for the next big events in our senior year.
Our spirit week this year had definitely been different than other years past. Starting on Thursday and ending on the following Wednesday, it had an affect on the whole “homecoming week.” What was supposed to be a week was spread out over a long period of time. Due to Hurricane Sandy we missed three days of school that were originally planned for our spirit week, so when we returned to school there would have only left us with two days.
Spirit week next to prom and senior trip is one of the most anticipated events in a person’s senior year. It’s your last year to win the spirit stick and show off the pride of your class to the underclassmen. Many complaints were made if our spirit week would only be two days, so the school did they best they could to reschedule it and give us a full week like every other year. Sure, it was a little out of order with the dance first, then spirit week, and finally the homecoming game; it’s just something that will not be forgotten now. After all, finding out you won at the end of the pep rally with your entire senior class there to celebrate was the best way to end it.
When people say that senior year really does go by fast, it’s true. I can remember the first school day of this past September like it was yesterday and now January. All of my friends are beginning to receive their acceptances letters. I feel like I just turned in my applications the other day, even though it was really a couple of months ago.
There was one weight lifted when you finish your acceptance letters, but the rest of that weight comes right off when you get the very first acceptance letter in your hand. It doesn’t matter if it’s your school of choice or your “safety school,” but just getting one fills with joy. It gives you more confidence to get into the other schools you are waiting to hear from, and it just shows you that all of your hard work has definitely paid off.
With that being said, the other feeling that comes with the first acceptance is “senioritis.” Every senior gets the terrible syndrome, some before others, but I know for me it hit me when I first got accepted. The first thought that comes to your mind is that you just got into college, you don’t need this stress anymore. You really feel like you don’t have to try anymore. Most of us worked all four years of high school for this and for it to finally be happening just makes you feel like you’ve completed everything in high school. Now we’re all just going through the motions counting down to senior trip, prom, and graduation.
Honestly, studying and homework have become the last things on my mind. Now I’m trying to decide which school I truly want to go or making sure I didn’t miss one that I really should’ve applied to. It’s stressful making decisions this big, but knowing that you even just got in somewhere makes it that much easier.
If the second part of the school year goes by as fast as the first I’m going to blink and be seated at graduation with some of my closest friends. By then everyone will have already made their commitments to places and we’ll all be preparing for our summer before we say goodbye. With the second half of the year upon us, our senior year is going to be, hopefully, filled with great memories made with my class. The stress is beginning to dwindle and you can now focus on the good times we are going to have together. We’ve waited all four years for our payoff and now it’s finally here.