Since freshmen year, many students have dreamed of their senior year and the perks that they believe come along with it. As junior year comes to a close, students get excited with the prospect of their final year of high school seeing as they’ll be able to access the perceived advantages of being a senior.
(Senior boys Jake Burnett, Connor James, Nate Leukel study and play on phones.)
Of course, as senior year begins, experiences and attitudes are bound to vary from the amazing to the mundane. Taking this under consideration, this has left a fair amount of students to ponder what it means to be a senior.
It’s fair to assume that observing the carefree attitudes of past seniors, expectations might have been raised too high.
“When I was a freshmen I imagined senior life was going to be like – all this glory and you could do whatever you want without any consequences, but it’s really not at all,” said Helias Senior Grant Rockers.
The responsibilities of seniority in high school, while not a surprise, are often unwelcomed. Not only do seniors have to maintain what is typically expected from them, such as grades and attendance, they also have to act as an example for younger classmates. An idea that holds much prominence considering that some seniors don’t feel all that different from when they were freshmen.
(Senior boys Tyler Hoerschgen, Nick Howser, Jack Treu, and Jordan Cowell munch at lunch.)
“As a freshmen we saw the seniors and they seemed so grown up,” explained Helias senior McKenzie Schumer. “And now I’m a senior and I still feel like a freshmen.”
Although these responsibilities may seem like a burden to a few, it does inform one what it means to be a senior. At Helias Catholic High School, students are meant to have developed a sense of discipline and responsibility by their senior year. That way they have valuable ways to which they can use their social and educational skills in a job related environment.
Taking that in to consideration, Helias seniors have been able to integrate the values that were taught to them with what they think it means to be a senior.
Being a senior means being educated in the Catholic faith to the furthest extent in their adolescence. Acting out their faith in their everyday adult life and using their leadership skills to help others in need is what will fuel seniors in the future. That being said, it’s also important to note that no student should take being a senior too seriously. Again, this is their final year of high school and while it might not be as exciting as originally expected, that doesn’t mean that they can’t have fun.