By Emma Huckins and Anyi Liebler-Bendix
As the new school year begins, the biggest question starts buzzing around: where are you going to college? But college isn’t the only thing the seniors are looking forward to. “I’m excited to do the last lap,” says senior Simon Schmitt-Hall. From homecoming to graduation, the upcoming year is going to be packed full.
Everyone knows the feeling of the first day of school: the excitement, the jitters, the rituals. “My parents take a picture of me and my neighbors,” says senior Joanna Butler. Many other seniors mentioned that their parents take photos of them every year on the first day of school, too. Most seniors agree that choosing a first day outfit is very important. “I pick an outfit that I enjoy and that I look snazzy in; slightly preppy,” says senior Mikhail Pletchinski of his routine of picking out a first day outfit.
The start of the 2015 school year is a crazy time for seniors. College applications, homecoming, fall sports-- everyone’s excited for something. “I’m most excited for, obviously, graduating, but also applying to college,” says senior Julianne Bazydlo. A special event that seniors get to participate in this year is the Halloween parade. It’s a fun way for seniors to let loose before the stress of applying to colleges begins.
Senioritis. Everyone’s heard of it, and most people have it. “I’m not ready to work,” confirms Pletchinski; “I feel lazy doing everything because I feel like it doesn’t really matter anymore.” Senior Tyler Lux doesn’t feel much differently. “I want to try to get by with as little work as possible,” Lux said. Seniorites may be contagious, but not everyone feels the same way. “I am ready to work and finish the year strong,” senior Afua Ado says confidently.
With becoming a senior, J-DHS students earn opportunities such as driving to school, a continuation of junior year’s privilege, and early dismissal or late arrival. Pletchinski uses his early dismissal to catch up on sleep and homework before returning to school for practice, while senior Ethan Dellaposta explains that his schedule is too filled to have a shortened school day. Dellaposta does get to drive to school, unlike Bazydlo who has “to take the bus, (and) it sucks.” Of course, not every senior has a car or license, and not everyone’s schedule works with late arrival and early dismissal, but a significant amount of the class does benefit from such privileges.
Everyone has life goals, but every senior shares at least one: to graduate high school. People have different plans for after high school; some plan on attending college, while others are taking a gap year, or will get a job. Butler’s goals are to keep her grades up and get into the college of her choice. Senior Maddi Newman wants to get into SUNY Brockport and play on the lacrosse team. Dellaposta wants to attend a technology school, such as RIT or MIT. Seniors are scrambling to finish the common application, and college visits seem to be on the top of many students’ list. By the end of the year, every senior will know their own future and where it lies, whether it’s across the country, or right in our backyard.
Although senior year is filled with excitement, especially with graduation right around the corner, it is a bittersweet 10 months. High school is a safe and secure place before students enter the “real world.” As Dellaposta says, he will miss “not having so much responsibility.” Aside from responsibility, almost every senior can agree they will miss the friends they have grown up seeing every day for the past 12 years. The J-DHS class of 2016 overall seems ready to take the next step in life. Ado states optimistically, “I’m really happy my future is starting.”