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Ready for Collegeitis

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Monday, May 21, 2001

I have a confession to make: In the last two weeks I have twice done what some would call "skipped school." The first absolutely devious act was joining eight of my top classmates after a three and a half hour grueling exam for lunchoff campus, without permission. The second outlandish act was not taking the time to sign out of school when I felt ill and went home. I had my father call the school immediately but to no avail. I should have signed out. Tsk tsk. I felt those were very good excuses, but the school said, "I dont think so." I have also found myself disinterested in schoolwork, and even learning in general. Now, for me, this is a big deal. Those who know me would not expect these sorts of dastardly deeds. With three weeks left in high school, I have given this attitude the name of "Idontwanttoworkanymore-sickofhighschoolrules-readyforcollegeitis." I believe the medical term is senioritis.

The idea of a why a senior in high school gets senioritis has been touched on many times. However, I feel that most people may not know what it is like for the poor vulnerable senior. The pressure starts at a young age. As an elementary school student my classmates and myself were scared into doing our homework and following rules. As a middle school student we were threatened to do the same. As a freshman I was so scared of seniors, teachers, the school, lunch, rules, and just about everything else that I obeyed rules because the choices seemed slim. In the forgotten years of a sophomore and junior I got more comfortable with my surroundings and school. As a senior its all very nice. It seems like there are no pressures at all. It turns out that this is not such a good thing.

I did not want to get senioritis. In fact, as a junior and early senior I did what I could to not get it. I remember some certain "annoying" seniors that were just a bit too comfortable in school. They used to yell, pick on people, disrupt classes, and disrespect teachers. I didnt want to be like that. I wanted to keep working in school, and stay respectful to my elders and superiors. For the most part I think I succeeded in doing this. Unfortunately, in these past couple weeks things have become more difficult. The respect is still there for the most part, but staying on task is a completely different story. I keep thinking, "wouldnt it be great to eat where and when I want?" "Couldnt I be taking classes a bit more suited for me?" "What difference do these present classes make anyway? Im already accepted and the colleges have my grades." These are not good things to be thinking when one wants to be "good" in high school.

Fortunately, there are only three and a half short weeks of class left. It will fly by, and then the scary real world will be here. Im going to try to make the best out of these last few days. I give my word that I will try to be a "good" student and not let my senioritis get the better of me.

As a final goodbye, I would like to say thank you to all those who read these articles. I appreciate all those who read any of the Beyond Today articles because writing columns is not easy with hectic high school schedules.

David Parker is a senior at Kingsland High School and is one of six area high school students who regularly contribute a personal column to the Journal.

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