Senior Column: Emily Pettit

by Emily Pettit

Many people will say that senior year is one of the most important and best years of your life. For the Class of 2020, it was definitely a year we will never forget. We have set the record for the longest spring break ever, but winning that award comes with downsides. Many of us never got to experience a “senior season,” or throw our caps in the air at graduation. Although our senior year was cut short, we learned many valuable life lessons throughout our time together, even if we did not realize it until it was too late.

Do not take your senior year for granted.

Our year was stripped away from us so fast, I do not think we realized what was happening. One week of spring break turned into two, then it turned into April 17, then it turned into the remainder of the school year. We still had nine weeks worth of memories to make with our classmates that we will never get to experience. Take every chance you get to make memories with your classmates and teachers, because you never know when your last year together will be over.

If you have not thought about applying for scholarships or the schools that you hope to attend after high school, you need to start thinking about them right now. 

Many university applications open before the school year begins and applying early has many benefits. Do not wait for your school to release the local scholarships; start looking now for outside scholarships to apply for.

As hard as it may seem, try not to procrastinate. 

If you wait until the last minute to write your essays for your scholarships, the quality will more than likely not be as good as it would have been if you would have written the essay before the night it was due. If you procrastinate, you will become stressed and leave out important details that may set you apart from other applicants.

Be involved. Be involved. Be involved. 

Go to your senior events and pep rallies. Go to sporting events with your friends and cheer on your classmates. Try out a new club or sport. Do not knock it until you try it because you never know, it may become the most favorite thing you participated in during your high school career. 

Form relationships with your teachers. 

They can help you far beyond just high school. They are the ones you will reach out to for your letter of recommendations for the scholarships you are applying for. They will be the ones you reach out to in college when you are struggling to grasp a certain concept and need more of an in-depth explanation. They want to see you succeed, and they would love to be a helping hand for anything you may need over the years.

Although the Class of 2020 did not complete our senior year, I think it is safe to say it was one of the most memorable years of our lives. This year showed us how quickly things can change, and how we must be ready at any given moment for something completely different than what we are accustomed to. I saved the best piece of advice for last: Have fun. Go out and live your best life over the next year; it is going to be one for the books.

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