Nurse, I’ve got an itch…

You’re sitting in class and– out of nowhere– you’re overcome with a sensation of impatience, annoyance, and doom.  Suddenly your teachers all think you’re four, your friends actually act four, and you have an overwhelming urge to raid Bed Bath and Beyond. Startled, you check WebMD, and conclude that you have dysplasia ossificans progressiva…

Or maybe senioritis…

As the snow begins to fall, seniors across the district are redirecting their focus more toward college and less toward high school.  Students who elected to have an easy senior year don’t feel motivated to ever show up, let alone study, and even those making their last mad dash for college credit feel they’re drowning in “busy work.”  Filling out college applications and arranging the floor plan of one’s future dorm take precedence over silly assignments.  As visions of independence and adulthood dance through the heads of these star-eyed seniors, the last– and possibly the best– part of high school is being ignored.

Although most seniors feel like they have been sucked dry, the best opportunities are found during their 12th year of public education.  Those who have shown particular dedication often times get extra consideration for leadership positions, internship opportunities, and other responsibilities throughout the school and the community.  Further, seasoned teachers can quickly identify the early symptoms of this devastating infection, and often times will use clever antics to alleviate “the itch.”  Mr. Barton, a Calculus teacher, makes a point of using a light-saber as a pointer in his AP Calc classes and “T-Swift Tuesdays” as a reward for good behavior.  Mr. Felt– an accomplished history teacher– seasons his lectures with well devised puns, play-mobile demonstrations of battles, and will occasionally teach while wearing period costumes, accompanied by masterful accents.  Between instructors like these throughout the district and quirky club activities (Quidditch Club, anyone?), senior year is bubbling with great opportunities for growth and (more importantly) fun.

However, with all that the upcoming college years have to offer, it’s hard to even consider the advantages of high school.  As fun as the after school activities are, the final stretch of the public education system is monotonous and can seem never ending.  Some seniors say it’s because grades don’t matter as much and others say they just want to focus on a particular career-related skill, but can’t because of district graduation requirements.  Overall, though, most seniors would compare their high school careers as a race they have been passionately running the past few years, and then, in the last leg, are forced to walk just… because…

So the cure? Make a point of enjoying the final months of your senior year, if only to pass the time. Get involved in all those clubs you thought about freshman year but never got around to, or– better yet– start your own club! Take at least one higher level class, but don’t forget the basket-weaving-esque courses only open to upperclassmen (they’re there for a reason, darlings).  Go to the sports games, buy a school tee-shirt, and get excited about school events.  As the prequel to our lives come to a close, you’ll want something good to look back on– especially if WebMD is right one of these days.


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