With college acceptance season in motion, high school seniors are making decisions on what they want to do with the rest of their lives. It is a time of simultaneously wanting to leave, but also wanting to stay.
“Seniors are always a mixed bag because, on one hand, you love seeing all the stuff that they’ve worked for in the past four years all come together and you see them excited about the next chapter of their lives and planning, but the other side of that is that as soon as they get [their acceptance letters], then they stop thinking about what’s happening now,” English teacher Lisa Marshall said.
Some seniors can’t wait to get out of high school and start having new experiences once they get to college.
“I want to leave behind some people.” senior Andre Nguyen said. “That seems a little mean, but I want to meet new people.”
Others don’t like the constant stress and uniformity of high school and are hoping that college will be better about workloads and diversity when it comes to clubs and events. They also feel that they will prefer the independence associated with college, rather than the constant monitoring found in high school.
“Having seven class essentially back to back, most of which are APs, for seven hours—it’s a lot of stress. From what I hear, college will give the same amount of work as high school, but with more time to do it.” senior Rubi Has said.
Getting accepted into college is also a pivotal moment in many seniors’ lives. It can also be about making their families and loved ones proud, which was the case for senior Angelo Cruzat who wants to study nursing and enter the navy as an ensign.
“I was genuinely happy because I made all my loved ones proud and I am excited because I am the first in my whole family to go to college in the United States,” Cruzat said. “My dad influenced my decision on what I want to be because he’s in the medical field in the military.”
Despite having big plans for the future, these seniors also know that they are going to miss high school once they leave.
“I feel, ironically, some things feel trapped here, but you get to do so much here. I feel like in college I’m going to have so many responsibilities and I don’t know if I can handle it or not,” Nguyen said.
One thing that all three agree on is that senioritis, a supposed phenomenon in which seniors lose almost all of their motivation during their final year of high school, is very much real.
“I’m kind of sick of this place, but I’ll probably start to realize what I’m missing in high school once I’m in college,” Has said.
Despite having very different plans for their lives, Clarksburg seniors are sure to thrive in any environment that they will come to face.