March 18, 2012
suffering from a case of high school senioritis?
The common knowledge symptom is
off” in school performance in comparison to my previous level. I will
readers be the judge.
to dream about my college life when I was still in fifth grade. I have been thinking of a
will embrace my passion and provide me with the opportunities to grow
chosen field … creative writing, for years.
I have had visions of meeting, talking
and learning from educators that
will introduce me to very challenging but personally rewarding school
time came to get started around August 2011, I did not waste any time.
done much preliminary work --- explored the internet, printed
materials to read, and made binders for each that I would like to list
Common Application. I took the time to review the admission criteria,
admission process, admission paperwork deadlines.
At the end of it all, I have a total of
seventeen, 2-inch binders.
tell you how many admission essays I’ve written --- for the
required by each university plus additional essays to be considered for
scholarships. It has tested my endurance in non-stop writing --- at
hours, in-between breaks from doing my homework, weekends, at the
our car while travelling to a college interview.
understand that I cannot renege on my extra-curricular activities as
important too, not just for my personal development but also for each
scholarship application. Most forms will ask not just for my
length and depth of my participation, leadership role, and
as part of those activities.
I have to
continue to challenge myself also academically to qualify for those
scholarships, so I am taking 5 weighted classes this year after
total in earlier years.
really, really do not mind all the above.
The problem though is sometimes, there
are not just enough hours in a
day to get everything done and still find the time to meet my basic
eat my lunch or dinner properly. I
that there’s something that can be done to make the process less taxing
you are applying to competitive universities.
But what I cannot stand right now is
being labeled suffering from the
classic symptom of Senioritis. Maybe,
this is a misdiagnosis … actually, I prefer mal-diagnosis. It’s not that we are
slacking off, maybe
there’s just too much work and not enough time to do everything
expected of us
as we transition from high-school to college and from being dependent
independence. Maybe it should be recognized instead as a side effect of
overdose or overdrive or simply Senior Fatigue.
As we take our next steps into the world,
walking the path that will help us become productive adults, I am also
the grown-ups in our lives to remember and understand. This is a
time. We can work and work without achieving the same level as our
results and that doesn’t devalue the effort we put into it. During the
are spread thin, we depend on you to help us gather ourselves together