Senior year has its expectations, anticipations, and the dreaded “senioritis”.
With all the excitement that comes with senior year, there’s also a lot of stress that comes with the idea of college. Applications, scholarships, essays, and admissions are all just stepping stones in the beginning of a college career. Senior Keri Thomas believes the stress of senior year can be hard to handle at times.
“It’s like being enrolled in two different schools at once,” said Thomas. “You’re doing scholarships and early applications at the same time you’re writing essays and doing homework for your high school classes.”
Although the demands of college can take a toll on the seniors, Thomas points out the traditions and special events that will relieve some stress for her and her classmates throughout their last year at Kayhi.
“There are a lot of things worked into senior year to make it fun for us; like senior float and senior carnival,” said Thomas. “It’s the little fun things that come with being a senior that helps with the stress of college and the year ahead.”
Every Class is Unique
Math teacher Jennifer Karlik believes this class has a special quality that is not always as prominent as years past.
“The class of 2018 is exceptionally kind,” said Karlik. “I have specifically paid attention to how this class seems to treat their peers and they are so kind and accepting; it’s really something special to see.”
Karlik said that this senior class is very involved with each other.
“The closeness is what’s setting them up for success,” said Karlik. “If they work together and help each other out academically, they will do great.”
Being a Senior in the 21st Century
Science teacher D Jay O’Brien said he notices some major differences between when he was a senior (1980) versus today’s seniors living in the 21st century.
“I think it’s more stressful now,” said O’Brien. “When I was a senior, we only had to worry about getting accepted into a university. Seniors nowadays have to look at if they can afford going to the school before anything; you have to make a lot of decisions based on the costs and not the wants.”
O’Brien recalls hearing “We Are the Champions” at every single pep rally and only worrying about maintaining a high GPA.
“If you had the grade point average that colleges required, you got in,” said O’Brien. “The scores on the state tests (SAT and ACT) weren’t even a qualifier to get in if you met their GPA requirements.”
Kayhi provides students secondary education in preparation for the ideal goal of students continuing on to college. O’Brien acknowledges that is the one thing that hasn’t changed since he was in school.
“This place has the lights on and the hot lunch all for the benefit and growth of the students to eventually be in this senior position,” said O’Brien. “It’s all about you guys, and that’s never a perspective to lose.”
Senior second baseman Michael Starr said there are some perks that come with being a senior on a sports team.
“You have more authority and your opinion definitely carries over to the rest of the team along with the coach,” said Starr.
Starr points out that those perks don’t mean seniors can slack off.
“Honestly, being a senior means you have to work twice as hard because the rest of the team is looking at you for leadership while you’re carrying your weight on the field as well,” he said.
In addition to being a big part of the baseball team this season, Starr is also the SBA president of Kayhi.
“As the SBA president, I want this senior class to buy into being a senior,” said Starr.
“Try your hardest to walk into everything with an optimistic attitude, because this year is the year that you will get out whatever you put into it. So make the most out of being a senior and you’ll get nothing but positive energy and good times out of it.”