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The down side of graduation

by Kamryn Thomas, Staff Writer

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A time full of smiles, tears, congratulations and farewells: graduation. The homestretch for seniors may seem like a walk in the park, but graduation time definitely has its downsides.

“I was in all AP classes, as well as doing dual enrollment at Kennesaw, so I definitely know the pressure of senior year,” literature teacher Brittany Honea said.

Walking across the stage on graduation day is a great privilege to have, but it is earned not given. Because the last day of school is nearing and grades are almost finalized, it is crunch time for the seniors who want to walk across the stage.

While seniors are ready to leave high school, they aren’t ready to leave the nest. Once graduation day has passed, seniors will have to face the reality that they’re growing up and becoming adults.

“You’re gonna need family support no matter where you go in life,” senior Jaylei Wallington said.

In college, students will not have their parents looking over their shoulder and telling them to get in their dorm and study. They will have to make their own decisions.

Seniors don’t look forward to college applications.

“The most stressful part of senior year was applying to college,” senior Kia Crawley said.

A typical college application form is six pages long. The loads of paperwork, along with agonizing weeks, even months, of waiting for a reply is not an exhilarating process. Also, 60 percent of students apply to three or more colleges so, their stack of papers to fill out is quite thick.

The competition for getting into a good college isn’t getting any easier. According to the University of California, Los Angeles’ Higher Education Research Institute, less than 56 percent of students get into their first choice college.

With finals and EOC testing occurring this time of year, it’s easy for seniors to fall into the trap of senioritis, the condition of laziness and lack of motivation in seniors during their last weeks of school.

“I recall having some senioritis down the stretch,” counselor Mark Baker said.

Being a high school and college graduate Baker has had first-hand experiences of senioritis and knows how to help seniors deal with it now.

From the outside looking in senior year looks like a total blast, until you see all of the things that go into graduation time.

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