By Eric Han
When I was a sophomore, I heard the numerous rumors of junior year being the hardest year of high school, and that my hair might fall out by the clumps, but I didn’t believe a single word of it. As a sophomore, I didn’t think junior year would be that intense; I thought it would be something that I could handle.
Boy was I wrong.
The jump between sophomore year and junior year is huge, and some people will have a hard time adjusting. But all of this depends on what classes the student takes. If a student were to take all regular classes, chances are that junior year will be pretty easy. However, if one were to take the dangerous path of 4 AP’s and 2 Honors classes, I will guarantee that the definition of “social life” will be unknown to whoever travels the dark passage. But if some students are willing to traverse between AP Language and Composition, AP Calculus BC, and AP Chemistry, be my guest, and I wish them the best of luck.
Academically speaking, junior year is challenging and for the class of 2017, be wise in choosing the right classes. While it is good to challenge yourself, do not end up overwhelming yourself to the point of no return.
Junior Sofia Menemenlis feels the academic pressure, as she takes 3 AP classes and also has to juggle all that AP homework with 6 hours of gymnastics almost everyday.
As I gaped in shock, I managed to ask her how much sleep is she able to get and how, considering all those AP and extra hours spent on gymnastics. Sofia humbly replied, “(During junior year) I definitely sleep less than before, and I think it is really important to prioritize your time wisely (in order to succeed).”
But there are also a number of perks that come along with junior year. For example, going out to lunch becomes more prevalent as a number of peers start to get cars. With cars, the “bubble” of La Cañada pops, as one does not have to rely on the Glendale Beeline for one’s main source of transportation.
Another perk is Prom, and while some may not care for Prom or dances in general, I am sure Prom is an essential aspect of the American high school life that no one should miss.
As a freshman and a sophomore, I was always bored at the assemblies because there was only the backs of the cheerleaders and the assembly commissioners to see. After becoming a junior, I found that assemblies became a lot more interesting since now I can see the faces of the people performing and hear what everyone has to say.
While junior year places a lot of pressure on students, it also comes with various advantages that lower classmen will not be able to experience until they too join the cult of junior year.
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