By Samuel Moore-Sobel
As we begin the month of May, there are so many things to look forward to. Life is beginning to come together, and our paths to the future have started to align. This year has been incredibly draining though. Maybe this was due to having to fill out all of those college and scholarship applications or the fact that we did not have any snow days for the first time in our high school careers. But I feel like I have been sprinting for eight months, although things are beginning to slow down now. Classes are becoming a little bit easier, and extracurricular activities are drawing to a close. For the next three weeks reviewing for Advanced Placement (AP) exams is underway, as this is the final push before the end of the senior year of high school.
The hardest thing about the next three weeks will be battling through the senioritis. Senioritis is the condition that afflicts a second semester senior when one realizes that high school no longer matters. And, it is kind of frightening when you think about it. One of the sole goals of high school is getting into college, and once that occurs, the constant stream of busywork is no longer important. It is hard to motivate oneself to continue working once one knows that none of the work really matters.
But of course, this isn’t completely true. There is always something to be learned, no matter how old one is or how many years of school one has attended. Sometimes one has to go looking for things that interest them instead of relying on high school courses to hold seniors’ attention. I think a lot of high school seniors feel that they could have contributed more if given the opportunity. I hope more of those opportunities are given to high school students in the future.
Regardless, senioritis gives us an opportunity to show our true character. How well we do when it doesn’t matter as much tells a lot about who we are as people. Also, it isn’t good to establish a habit of slacking off, because beginning in the fall, one will be paying a lot more money for one’s education and it will definitely count more than ever before. A little senioritis isn’t a bad thing, as we have a lot of decisions to make in the next month or two that will have to be made. I just submitted my deposit to Drexel University only to find out that I have to complete a mound of paperwork and submit my housing application. At this time we are also searching for a good internship opportunity and trying to spend as much as time as possible with our friends and family before we embark on the next chapter of our lives.
I find myself frustrated by the fact that I feel that I have only spent the past four years just simply trying to get into college. I wish I had been given more tools and resources to learn more about life and to make more of an impact in the community. I have chosen to make an impact in the community by the activities I have been involved in, and I hope to spend the last few weeks giving as much advice and mentoring to underclassmen as I can, finishing the marathon I have been running for the last four years well.
Samuel Moore-Sobel is a senior at Stone Bridge High School, and serves as a member of The Good Shepherd Alliance Board of Directors.