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After three and a half grueling, excruciating years I can finally say that I’m an official second-semester senior. No more standardized testing or college applications to worry about – this is the time to celebrate everything that we’ve accomplished throughout high school and prepare for what comes after high school.

Second semester is also when 99% of seniors are afflicted with a deadly disease commonly known as senioritis (Note 1: Scientists are still attempting to name this disease and determine a cure for this ailment; Note 2: 89.75% of statistics are made up on the spot). The side effects of this very contagious disease are many, but the most common one is not finishing one’s homework. I, for one, will battle this strange disease. I will survive. I will do my homework.

So, without further ado, here are two reasons why I’ll be doing my homework as a second-semester senior:

1. The fear of getting my college admissions rescinded.

The more practical and tangible reason as to why I’ll be doing all my school work. In the off chance that I do get accepted to a college, I’ll need to keep up my grades in order to ensure that my precious admission doesn’t get revoked. True, the odds of that happening are slim to none, and I won’t have to get all A’s for my admission to not be rescinded. But with that being said, living without having the fear of being told I can attend a school, only to have that taken away, is how I want to spend the last moments of my high school career.

2. Because I love learning.

With no more need to worry about deadlines or dreaded SATs, second semester senior year is without a doubt a time when I won’t be stressed out. And so, with this all this extra time and freedom (gasp), it’s the optimal time to learn. Yes, that’s right, I’m doing my homework because I love to learn. Call me a nerd all you want, but simply the fact that I have homework to do is actually a privilege. Sure, there are times when it seems like it’s a chore, but if you consider the fact that there are people around the world that don’t have the right, let alone the opportunity, to get an education like we are now. Besides, learning about new topics is fun (and it’ll be the last time our education is free). And that’s hot.

Sure, it’s important to relax, have fun, and most of all, prepare yourself to go to college. But I dare you to do your homework with me – not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard. For as JFK best said “because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.” By the way, he was talking about going the moon, not doing homework. But as a second-semester senior, those two things might appear to be the same.

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