The Life of a Senior

Senior year can be a exciting, nerve-racking, and fun. And every senior has to face the terrifying decision of what to do after high school. Some decide to continue their education further by attending college, and others go straight into the workforce. Either way, the transition of moving out, getting a job, making new friends, can be scary but also exciting.

Member of the graduating 2103-2014 class, Shane O’Neal is excited about to her senior year “Because I get to go to college next year”. O’Neal is looking forward to a fun year she said, “You get to do more of what you want, and less of the required courses. As long as you get them out of the way early”. O’Neal also said she gets a lot of pressure from her mom and grandma on what to do after high school. “My mom wants me to study law, and my grandma wants me to go to UT”.  The one thing O’Neal is a nervous about is “moving out of the house”.

Day of Graduation
Photo by Garrett Flick

Braedon Sandoval, 12, presenting himself as the most confident senior to walk the halls, is thrilled about his final year. “It’s good to be older for once,” Sandoval said. “My parents want me to go to BYU (Brigham Young University), and I plan on going there. I’m still unsure of what to do in college, but hopefully I can make some new friends and figure out what I want to study”.

Sandoval is not alone, many students also feel distress and uncertainty about the  future.

With the stress of playing sports, or other extracurricular activities, along with keep up with grades, it can become very stressful trying to find a college to attend and figuring out what you want to do with the rest of your life. Despite the ambivalence of senior year, it can be an exciting adventure as the introduction to a new start, at a new school, with new peers, with new goals.

Senior year is the gateway to the rest of  a person’s young adult life, but also the final moments of childhood, and it is important for students to maintain a healthy balance.


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