By Serena Cheng
As the new school year starts and seniors take their rightful place at the top of the social pyramid, our 2015 graduating class has many expectations for our final year of high school. When we were juniors, we were in survival mode; our minds were not wandering off into the future, but instead we just wanted to get through one day of school without collapsing from exhaustion. We let opportunities and memories slide past us as the homework and test loads piled up into a mountain bigger than Everest itself. When we were juniors, sleeping was our most cherished wish. When we did finally get to sleep, though, we dreamed of senior dress up days and the senior class trip to Catalina. Now that we are actually seniors, our dreams have become a reality and our expectations have evolved.
You might think that scootering down Viro is an easy morning work out, but it is not. Trust us, we have the the scars to prove it. You might think senior dress up day is glamorous, but there is nothing glamorous about having to find six different dresses, and walking around all day in five inch heels is quite frankly torturous. You might think that ditching class as a senior is no big deal, but those twenty five absences can restrict you from all the great photo opportunities at prom!
You might think that senior year is all about the golden crowns and the constant chants of senior pride during school assemblies, but it is like any other year when considering the workload and stress level. In order to actually fulfill that dream of finally being able to leave La Cañada and explore the new frontiers of college, the reality is you have to work hard in order to play hard. This means maintaining your grades by actually doing your homework, and, dreadfully, this means completing all your college applications on time. In fact, first semester senior year seems exactly like junior year but with the added college application process on top of the mountain of other assignments. We now are expected to plan that future we have been talking and idealizing about for a long time because the idea of college is now tangible, which is extremely terrifying yet exhilarating at the same time. We expect our senior year, especially our first semester of senior year, to push us to our breaking points as we decide the paths we want to follow for the next four years of our lives.
With all this in mind, in the first month of being a senior, it is clear that this year is more than just expecting fabulous senior privileges or throwing our graduation caps in celebration. We now expect the rest of senior year to be a careful balancing act between the now and college. However, we know that we will make lifelong memories with our friends, even when we fall off our scooters or face plant from walking in heels that are too high.
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