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Seniors prepare for all of their lasts in the midst of all of their firsts

Many people believe that senior year will be “their year” to make it, and it will be the best year yet. However, it is also filled with a super busy schedule, the dealings of senioritis, college applications and having fun while also stopping yourself from getting too emotional.

Senior year is filled with a lot of lasts, but also a lot of firsts. Here is a list of things to expect from your senior year, as well as how to deal with them.


  1. Despite the, “It’s my last year, I’m doing fine,” attitude, you still have to keep your grades up.


Your grades do still matter during your senior year. Colleges typically only look at previous years’ grades when you send in your applications, but they will expect good grades on your final transcript.

The senior slide seems fun at first, until your chosen college retracts your acceptance letter, and you are left redoing the application process, which leads me into my next point.

  1. Senioritis will hit you like a wrecking ball, so be sure to wear protection.

Senior year is your year to be free. Your last year of high school that is filled with so many last memories with your friends. You will get caught up in the moment, you will forget about those homework assignments, and you will contemplate the point of continuing your education.

I forgot where I was going with this… Anyways, senioritis is great, until it’s not anymore. The missing assignments will catch up to your grades, and before you know it, it’s the end of the year and those grades can affect your admission into college.

As the days go on, the senioritis gets harder to fight, and that is completely understandable. However, it is good to understand when you are able to let a few assignments slide and when to pick up the slack and get things done.

  1. Your senior year will be one of the busiest years you have ever had, which will make it go by incredibly fast.

Seniors are not kidding when they say your senior year will go by quick. It really has been one of the fastest moments in my life. I have to continuously stop and tell myself to slow down and savor the limited time we have left.

These moments happen when you have your senior class get together, the senior cookout at the end of the year, the chem-free party and the first and last club meetings and sports games.

The saying “take a picture it’ll last longer” is a legitimate statement for events like these. Senior year is not worth the rush when all of your lasts are going faster than you imagined they would.

  1. Your last year is by far the most fun you will ever have in high school, but also very emotional.

By now, you’re cool with all of your teachers and even have designated nicknames for your favorites. You have everything figured out, you know what you want to do after high school and your whole life is practically planned out.

You think you are ready to graduate. You just want high school to be done already. You don’t think you’re going to miss anything about this place. Most of you who have that mindset will be wrong.

For example: you just turned in a scholarship application and were about to start another one  before you received a twitter notification from Shawano High Fans.

@FansShawano: Last boys basketball game, say goodbye to your seniors! Tonight’s theme is Black Out!

You turn off the computer and dress for the occasion, showing up to the high school gym exactly like you have done for the past four years.

You cheer with your friends. You go out to eat with a group. You do the same exact thing that you have been doing for the past four years, and now you are done.

You will no longer cheer with the same people you have been cheering with for the past 12 years of your life. Now is the time when everybody lives different lives in different places with different people.

Nothing will be the same, but that is okay. You will meet new people and make even better experiences. No matter where you go to college, or how long you go for, you will live your best life.

We, as Shawano High seniors, are simply destined to succeed. May 25 is the graduation ceremony for the seniors. May 26 starts a new journey for the students as they make their future.

Farewell Shawano High, there is a page waiting to be flipped so that we can start the next chapter in our lives.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain