I didn’t fully understand the term Senioritis until after my first few weeks of senior year. After three busy weeks of AP classes, tests, starting the yearbook, dance classes, work, college applications, and everything else that comes along with being a senior, I find myself just about ready to burst out of the walls at McKinney High School.
Going into my first day, I was anxious to begin my final chapter in McKinney. However, within the first week I could tell this year was a force to be reckoned with. Not only did I have three tests within the first five days, but also homework galore. The hard work was just beginning.
Everyone always said to me, “Senior year is the biggest blow-off year of them all.” Well they were wrong. My daily schedule for senior year is very little me time and a whole lot of work time. My day starts at 5:30 a.m. and sometimes doesn’t end until 1 a.m. While I was expecting to spend my entire weekends relaxing and being with my friends, I find myself at work or doing homework. While I expected to have an extra hour of down time in the afternoons, I’m completing college applications. It all adds up. You don’t realize how much is on your plate until it is set in front of you and you realize what exactly you have gotten yourself into.
Although senior year is turning out to be more stressful than expected, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been enjoying my last year. Like, how about those Lions winning their first two football games after a 0-10 season last year? Yeah, that’s pretty great. Or how about the annual MHS homecoming week is right around the corner? Yeah, that’s pretty awesome, too. Plus, there’s the big rivalry game against McKinney Boyd in November. The list of good times to come goes on and on.
Even though McKinney seems to be shrinking, day by day, I still have eight months of school left. In all honesty, my year is just beginning. I think seniors sometimes get so blindsided by all the extra work, they sometimes forget what this year has to offer. Fortunately, I’ve been trying to keep my head on the better half of things and remember how this year is once in a lifetime.
Anytime that word Senioritis sneaks in, I try to push it out. For me, I don’t want to wish time away. I just want to enjoy where I am, while I’m still here.
Teen Talk columnist Catherine Festa is a senior at McKinney High School. Watch for her column and stories throughout the year.