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Feeling alone as you swim through the terrifying waters known as the college admission process? Have no fear! We have five seniors blogging about ups, downs, and random in-betweens of their college process for the next 12 months (from June 2013 to June 2014!). Sit back, relax, and get that “OMG I totally get you, bro” feeling. Information for how to contact a blogger will be at the bottom of his/her posts.

Do you feel as though you’re getting just a few too many of these “So do you know what you’re doing with the next four years of your life” questions? Or perhaps a lot of “Hey, it’s great to see you–where are you going?” Possibly even a “SALIB!! Why the hell don’t you know where you’re going to school next year, you blundering fool?” Admittedly, the last one was personal, but the premise stands. The second half of senior year is beginning to feel like a little more than a barrage of people, everyone from Uncle Bernardo to that freshman you saw once in the bathroom, asking you about where you are going to college.

If, like me, you were snubbed by your first choice like Mr. DiCaprio was so unfortunately by the Academy, or you have just yet to figure out where is the right place for you, you’re in good company. More or less thwarted company, but at least there’s someone there I suppose.

I’ve found that this not-so-deciduous disorder has spread even to my parents, who may be comforted that I have several acceptances already, but who are becoming increasingly worried that I am not yet decided. Just as with any encapsulating feeling, the sense of entrapment from all around begins to feel a bit uncomfortable–even suffocating at times. With unfinished senior work piling up due to a newly-found sense of “senioritis”, a lack of direction and apathy that I talk about in my last article has begun to set in. It is easy just to ride this wave to the end, finish up school, and go somewhere you didn’t really see yourself at, because maybe you’ve been hit by a touch of complacency. If you feel so, by all means stop reading and binge-watch House of Cards, something I would have prescribed regardless. But if not, please do continue reading.

I noticed a long time ago that people keep waiting for senior year to kick in–for that special feeling to wash over them and take them into a land where grades don’t matter. But after I noticed that, it quickly became apparent that just as the saying goes, you have to “make it what you want it to be.” Senior year is so easily missed amongst the constant deadlines, decisions, worries, nerves, sad nervous breakdowns, and, although all of the males reading will be immune, Prama (Prom drama). Just this week though, I discovered once again, that these things should be no bind on you. Justin Lafazan, a senior at Syosset High School, says, “This year was everything I wanted it to be, but it wasn’t because I waited around for it. I made it myself.” What Justin is saying here is exactly what every person, myself included, has done, whether consciously or not, to make their year as special as possible. And therein lies the simple solution to the aforementioned complexity that is March of Senior Year.

Let it go, folks. You’ve pushed hard, you’ve fought the college admissions fight with morsels of genuine hard work and a bit more than a modicum of procrastination. I advise none of you to slack off and become ensconced in senioritis, but with three months left before you’ll never see those people you call classmates and peers all together again, indulge yourself a bit.

It might feel like it’s too late to figure out what to do, that you should just finish it off and work yourself to exhaustion as you have for the past few years, but it’s not. School spirit events are a great way to get that hoo-ra spirit back in your blood, or to gain it if you were never really that person. Write that story you’ve never had time for in between massive bio tests. Compete in one of the racewalking competitions that interfered with that SAT prep class you almost forgot about. For you juniors and even lowerclassmen, learn from these mistakes and learn to do what you love now. Enjoy your friends. Keep an optimistic eye on college and know that you worked as hard as you could. Be a senior.

Until next time, y’all.

~Salib Out

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