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Senior Year

As Semester Draws to an End

I can’t believe that the first semester of my senior year is already over! It seems just yesterday I was walking down the halls saying hello to friends I hadn’t seen all summer. Now I’m immersed in finals week and trying to wrap up everything as the semester comes to a close.

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with how this semester has gone. I’ve had my share of rough patches, but what student doesn’t?! Although I did slack and my GPA will suffer some from this slacking, it will be motivation to push myself even harder my second semester. I also received so far an acceptance letter from the University of Tulsa and a rejection letter from the University of Chicago, beginning another trip down decision lane. Of course, I still have eight schools to hear from so a decision is no where near in my future.

So as first semester comes to an end and the second semester looms close in the future, I look forward to my last semster in high school, but also the things that lay ahead after high school.

Facebook Profiles Hindering College Application Acceptance

It’s been a few years since Facebook opened its doors to high school students, moving away from just college students. And as Facebook has become more popular over the years (99 percent of college freshman have a profile), it has also become a place where some colleges turn to learn more about their applicants.

Recently, our college advisers have mentioned that some colleges have supposedly been getting onto applicants’ Facebooks and looking through their information, such as friends pictures, and your general information. Upon some of my friends hearing this, they become a little apprehensive of what was on their Facebook pages and began to “clean up” their profiles. Read the rest of this entry »

A Senior’s Farewell to High School Football

This past week has been the craziest week for marching band.

Monday we had Band-o-rama (which is when all the bands in USD 259 get together to perform their half time shows), Wednesday we had a marching competition in Andover, KS and on Halloween, of all days, we had our final football game. Unless we win and go on to regionals.

But the thought that this is not only my last football game, but my final performance with marching band is a sad thought for me. For three out of the four years of my high school experience, band has been a big part of a lot of what I’ve experienced. Although I’m not too worried about how well I play my clarinet, but rather I have enjoyed band mostly because of the friends I have made through it and the experiences I have had while in band. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Memorable Senior Pictures

This Saturday I will be getting my senior pictures! And as I thought of this, it prompted many ideas to surface in my head and made me wonder if everyone knows how great senior pictures are, but also how important they tend to be. A reason for their importance is simply this may be the only time someone ever gets pictures like this taken. Senior pictures should be a big deal!

One of the key things though when getting pictures taken is to be sure to be yourself in the pictures. Especially when it comes to outfits, where you take your pictures, and the poses in the pictures. You want to make sure everything in the pictures is an accurate portrayal of who you are. Read the rest of this entry »

Realizations While Turning 18

Today, October 12th, I officially became an “adult”.

I woke myself up to a song I love by The Maine and grooved around while it began to really hit me that I was an adult. As the years pile on, many begin to hate their birthdays, but turning 18 should be one of the most exciting and most memorable birthdays because of how significant the age really is.

Turning 18 signifies many changes in ones life. Once you are 18 you are labeled as an “adult”. This entails the ability to vote, to get into some clubs, and a number of other things that didn’t seem all that important until you realize once you turn a certain age all of these things are not at the tip of your fingers.

I spent my day spending time with family (had lunch) and my friends (dinner and a concert- Secondhand Serenade!) and couldn’t have asked for a better birthday. Although it wasn’t a huge ordeal, that’s the way I prefer it to be handled. I enjoyed myself and really loved being able to spend time with my family and friends on such an important day to me. Not only is this a big birthday for me, but the last birthday before I go off to college! And who knows how birthdays will be celebrated in the years to come since I’m looking at schools that are so far away.

After a busy, but fun-filled day, I can honestly say I look forward to being an adult and all the opportunities that come my way now!

Students Stay Away from Parent-Teacher Conferences

All through middle school and even the first few years of high school, I always dreaded the day I would have to walk around school with my mom talking to my teachers about my grades and progress. Most of the time my grades were great, it was the comments my teachers had I didn’t enjoy hearing. Each year I always heard comments on how I talk too much and I have the tendency to create distractions in class from time to time. Of course when mom asked me about this I defended myself swearing that I didn’t talk THAT much and I wasn’t that much of a distraction.

I have always avoided going to parent teacher conferences. Not because I am afraid to hear what my teachers have to say about me, but rather because I believe that teachers will not be as honest with you there. Your teachers don’t want to hurt your feelings or make a comment that could possibly offend you, so when you are present at the conference, they seem to censor what they tell your parents.

This censoring may be good for some who aren’t as motivated as some or who are a constant distraction, but for other students, it can cause more harm because as a student you want to know what you need to work on so that you can improve yourself and your grades. I think that students should avoid going to conferences unless they are forced to go or want to go. But of course, going to conferences is up to the individual!

Senior Year Thus Far

It’s crazy to think that it’s been a full month since I started my Senior year. With a rocky start it seemed this year would drag on and on, so that college seemed as though it would never come. But as I look back on the last month, I realize that so far, my Senior year has had a great start.

I will admit things have been stressful. Trying to finish my Extended Essay for IB, picking up a completely new sport (golf!), starting my college application process, and worrying about my regular coursework, things have gone past chaotic. I’ve been kept busy and although finding time to sleep has been difficult it hasn’t been as impossible as I thought it would be!

Senior year is a year where a lot of growth occurs. You mature as you realize what all you will have to face once you graduate and go off to a college or university of your choice. It seems myself and my friends have begun taking much more responsibility for our actions and that we have grown so much closer in a matter of one month! I am excited to see not only myself but also my friends grow throughout the year and see where we all end up going after graduation. Although I do not look forward to our final goodbyes, I have come to realize that the friends I have now will always be a part of me because not only have they been through so much with me these past 3 years, they have also helped shape the person I am today.

I hope as the year progresses that it will turn out just as fun and exciting or even more as the past month has been. Its my Senior year! And I intend on having as much fun as I possibly can! This may be the last chance I get to see some of these people so having a good senior year and enjoying myself is essential so there is nothing I can look back on and regret doing or not doing.

Homecoming Spirit Week!

All year, I anticipate the Monday morning I get to roll out of my bed, brush my teeth and hair, slip on shoes, and walk out my front door in my PJs because of Spirit Week!

Every year, we have spirit week before our 2 homecomings and prom! This year the weekdays’ themes include Twin Day, PJ Day, Hippie/70s day, Blue and White day, and College Sport day. Although the days aren’t the most creative, I still enjoy showing school spirit by dressing up for 3 or 4 of the days, if not all 5! This year for twin day, I surprised my band director by dressing up like him. If you knew Mr. Hamant, you would understand just how funny this really is. That is the most I have ever seen him laugh all 4 years I have been around him.

Spirit week is so much fun because not only do you get to show school spirit and dress ridiculous some days, it also sets the mood for homecoming! I am so excited for homecoming because it will be one of the last for high school I attend! It’s sad to think about, but also exciting because this time next year I’ll have started college! So spirit week has so many different meanings to me. But most of all it gets me pumped up for the homecoming game Friday night and the homecoming dance on Saturday night! It’s a great time to hang out with my friends and forget about everything for one night. I can’t wait to get the party started!

Facing An Early Dose of Senioritis

I’ve been back to school now for a week and a half and already it seems the teachers enjoy piling on the homework! Not only do I have homework to manage, but golf and other outside (yet school related) projects that need to be finished! Here’s where my time management skills pay off right? Well there is also something that most seniors deal with at some point in their final year of high school and I don’t think time management skills can really help with this ‘disease’.senioritis

I’m sure for those who know how I feel (and by the title of my blog!) have already labeled this so-called ‘disease’: Senioritis. Symptoms include: not wanting to do school work, avoiding homework, and overall procrastinating more so than usual. I know this is something I shouldn’t have to face until my second semester, but it’s already starting to nip at my heels. Of course, first semester is much easier to deal with. You must keep your grades up, you must apply to your schools, there are so many things you must accomplish first semester that you don’t have time to let senioritis sink in and really effect you. It’s second semester most students struggle with.

The biggest problem a lot of seniors see is their grades slipping second semester. They assume that once they are accepted to a school, they have it made. Well keep in mind that your college will not only want a midyear report, but also a final report. The final report shows your second semester grades because the college wants to be sure you are still the same hardworking person that applied. Colleges have been known for revoking scholarships from students because they didn’t manage to keep their GPAs up to par with what the scholarship requires. Keep in mind then second semester than you aren’t totally set in stone going to a college with a set amount of money, things can easily change!

So the next time I decide to blow off a psych assignment or put off a calc assignment, I’ll be sure to recheck myself and make myself do the work. I hope all of you that face the same problems do the same! Don’t let senioritis cause too many problems!

East High School says Welcome Back!

August 14th finally rolled around and I couldn’t have been more excited! It was the first day of school and what made it even more exciting was the fact it was the first day of my SENIOR year! I got to school early to meet up with my friends and I don’t think we could have been more excited! We walked around saying to each other “09?…09!” Nerdy I know, but we were just so excited to finally be starting our senior year at East High.

The first day jitters I had experienced the previous years seemed to just disappear. As I walked into the school and around the rest of the day I held myself high because I knew that I was now at the top of the totem pole! My friends and I were untouchable, or so it seemed. It is finally our turn to rule the school and we can hardly wait to see what the school year has to offer us!

Although being a senior is amazing, it is also very humbling in a sense. The under classmen are expected to respect you, but at the same time, I feel that the same under classmen deserve respect from me in return. Sure, occasionally scaring one may be slightly entertaining, but remembered how I felt being a freshman or even a sophomore, I felt more sympathetic towards the younger students and tried not to come off as too cocky or scary, because I want to be like a lot of the seniors I knew the past years. The seniors I knew were far from scary and treated us under classmen as one of them. That is how I want to present myself to the other students; I want them to view me as approachable.

So as I walked through the halls of East High the very first day of my senior year not only did I feel like I was on top of the world, I also wanted the younger students to see me and look up to me rather than view me as someone scary just because they are a senior. Let’s hope the rest of my school year goes just as smooth as my first day back!


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