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The scariest time of the year

By Emily Brumm

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

For almost everyone, this is one of the scariest times of the year. With the cold nights, creepy stories, haunted houses and scary movies, there is no question why. For many high school seniors, however, this time can be a frightening time for a whole different set of reasons. The end of fall and beginning of another long Minnesota winter marks a lot of firsts and lasts for seniors as they speed through their last year of high school. As a senior myself, I can tell you about these scary events first hand.

In our small communities sports are an important part of high school. Almost all students play at least one, if not more. Between practices and games these sports take up the majority of students’ free time. As the days become shorter, these events are coming to an end. Many don’t have plans to play collegiate sports, which means they are on the verge of playing their last games and ending their football or volleyball careers. Saying goodbye to something you have put so much time and hard work into for the past four years can be a very scary idea for some.

Another daunting event that we are confronted with is deciding on a college. Many of us have spent the summer and first part of the school year traveling and exploring various college campuses and classrooms. There are two things I think all seniors can agree on. First, that college is a very exciting opportunity. It’s a chance to learn new things and see new places. At the same time, I think it is unanimous that college is also very scary. It means making a new home in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people on top of all the academic and career challenges we will have to deal with.

The fear doesn’t end there, however. Then come the dreaded applications, pages upon pages of personal, academic, extracurricular, and financial questions. It can be intimidating just looking at them, to say the least. College applications are by no means easy. They are monstrous and time consuming, which seems to be what every high school student lacks.

Now I don’t mean this to be a scary or sad story. Even though this may be a frightening time of year, it is also a great opportunity to spend some quality time with family and friends. Enjoying time with our loved ones may be exactly what we need to find some peace of mind and take a break from all the hustle and bustle this time of year presents.

The bottom line is that for most seniors, ghouls and goblins are the least of our concern right now, but it is important to take one step at a time. It is easy to get overwhelmed and to dwell on all the stressful and intimidating parts, but what we really need to do is worry less and try to focus on all the wonderful people and things we have. Hopefully, if we do that we will find these things a little less horrifying and the seasonably eerie ghosts and monsters a bit more enjoyable.

Emily Brumm is a student at Mabel-Canton High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fifteenth year.


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11:27:54, Oct 29th 2013

bwenthold says:
Great job, Emily!