A Reflection on Senior Year

Sydney Rodriguez

As I stare at my bedroom floor, the only thing that my eyes can grasp is the daunting view of clutter; Monday night’s pajamas, a plethora of Redbull cans, empty bottles of contact solution, you name it. The floor, which hasn’t been detectable for days, is begging to be the center of attention again. As I’ve been internally yelling at myself to just suck it up and clean it for what seems like forever, a flood of remorse washes over me. But the truth is, a messy room is the least of my problems right now.

Senior year began with a rocky start to say the least. I was convinced that it couldn’t possibly be as horrific as Junior year, but I was mistaken. I’ve got a lot on my plate right now, between work, school, and attempting to keep up a healthy social life. I can’t even seem to make my room look the least bit presentable. And to add onto the hectic lifestyle I am enduring, it’s college application season, which means my stress level is at an all-time high. It’s not as simple as it sounds to write the perfect Common Application essay, apply to multiple colleges, and stay calm. What else is there to feel but anxiety when it comes to making one of the most crucial decisions of my life?

Looking at the bright side, however, I’ve been attempting to maximize my senior year. With Rock Rivalry, Lacrosse, and every other event happening soon, I am preparing to soak up and make the most out of my last few high school activities. In retrospect, it’s all just gone by so fast. When everyone says that high school flies by, they aren’t joking. And while all of our high school experiences were cut short due to the pandemic, we as a school have been able to make the most out of the conditions we had to face. It is truly bittersweet knowing that I will soon be parting ways from the people I’ve been surrounded by since I was four years old, but am finally moving on to a new chapter of my life.

All I can say is that this year wasn’t how I expected in the slightest. But nonetheless, I won’t let that stop me from enjoying my last few months of high school before I enter the world of adulthood. You only go through high school once, so I realized that I must value the little time I have left in this place. And to everyone who will approach their Senior year within the next couple of years, take it from me to never take anything for granted because your high school career will be over in a flash. Believe me, it goes by faster than you think!