The Leonid seniors give advice to underclassmen and reflect on how high school changed them as well as how they changed the high school.
The air is still as the absent-minded class stares blankly as the period slowly slides by. What has come over this small class? The answer is senioritis, and it seems to get the best of almost all seniors this time of year. For some, however, it happens much sooner.
“School just seemed to get less and less important,” Red Lion senior Jaiden Graham said.
This so called “disease” is the result of students struggling to balance school, work, time with friends, and finding that perfect college and getting in. This stress can cause seniors to become lazy, acquire a dismissive attitude toward school, and often have an excessive amount of absences throughout the year.
However, seniors are not the only ones affected by these huge amounts of stress. It also can be very irritating to their teachers and classmates. The lack of attention can cause a class to be very unproductive and cause lessons to drag on much longer than they normally would.
“Students obtain this mindset that graduation is the end, but in reality it is the beginning of a new chapter in their lives,” Mr. Blackwell, an executive council advisor for the class of 2015 said. “Students should not become lazy when the end of their high school career is nearing its end, rather they should keep pushing and finish strong because its so close to being over.”
This mindset can also have an effect on students getting into the college of their choice. What many seniors don’t realize is that this last year is very crucial for colleges.
It is important to keep trying in school in order to show that you are willing to learn and that you are dedicated to finishing what you have started. Although senior year can be overwhelming, there are ways to avoid the stress and affects of this hectic period of life. Here are some tips for upcoming seniors on how to avoid senioritis and its destructive nature.
Plan ahead, have a calendar were you write down deadlines and scheduled events and activities. Secondly, do not become obsessed with getting into college, just focus on what is going on right now and do what makes you happy.
Also, discuss your feelings with the people close to you. If you try to make all decisions by yourself, it can be very overwhelming. It is good to see what others have to say and to be open to suggestions.
Finally, make sure to have fun. After all, it is your last year here, so you may as well enjoy it.
By Claire Krackow
What qualities would your peers say you have? Every year at Red Lion Area Senior High School, Senior Superlatives are chosen according to what qualities pertain to different students
Recognizing students who have been at the school for four years in giving them a title as superlative is a great confidence booster as well as a final ending to their high school career. It is also a way for their peers to remember them as they move onto the next chapter of their lives.
Without recognizing students who stand out in those aspects, homecoming or prom court would not be possible. As well as team captains or lead roles in the school musical. The buzz and excitement about superlatives never fail to keep the Seniors anticipating. However, they are not always a good idea.
Many conflicts can be started when finding out who won which superlative. During this year's voting of superlatives, many people were campaigning for what they wanted to win.
In reality, people will vote for who they think deserves the title, not for the student who wants it the most. Students will be feeling very insecure once the superlatives are revealed because they may not get the one they wanted. Others may get the title that somebody else wanted, which will cause much conflict as well.
"I just think it's bad because people might get down and upset if they don't get the superlative that they wanted," said Senior Paige Taylor. "I'm just not a big fan of them, although they are definitely very fun and exciting."
In recent years, having Senior Superlatives has caused problems because of these same reasons. Senior should be chosen for a superlative based on the qualities that their peers think about them.
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