It has been almost a year since the original “Being a Senior” post was written, and over the course of that year, a number of realizations have been made about what it’s like to be a senior. Clearly, this is due to the fact that speculating about what it’s like to be a senior, and actually being one, are two different things. With graduation mere months away, I’ve come to a few conclusions about what being a senior is really all about.
1. Senioritis does exist. Since I first heard of this “illness,” I never bought it for a second. To me, it was just an excuse for upperclassmen to use when they began to not care about school. To my dismay, I have reason to believe I may have contracted this “disease” myself this last marking period. Once you get to a certain point in your high school career, you begin to count the days until you are freed from public education. For some, that’s the first day of freshman year, but for me, mid-year marked the point where I took the time to start the countdown until graduation.
2. The “real world” is just like high school, but with bigger consequences. Sadly enough, the world of grown-ups shares so much parallelism with high school that it’s scary. There will still be the same types of people once high school is in the past, but they’ll now be bosses or colleagues. There’s no escaping the hierarchy of high school.
3. Very few high school friendships will last past graduation. This is exactly like when someone writes in a yearbook that they, “can’t wait to hang out in the summer” and never do. It’s common practice to imagine life outside of high school with best friends in tow, but in all actuality, that’s highly unlikely. Friends go to different schools, groups split up, and at the twenty year reunion everyone will reminisce about the old times and how much “things have changed.”
With these realizations, high school has taken on a whole new look to me. Events that happen are no longer the end of the world, just part of the bigger picture.