Senior Year of High School: Expectations vs. Reality

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Writer, Senior Editor, Wintergreen Orchard House

Feb   2015

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It’s your senior year of high school, and there are only a few short months left to enjoy it! Your expectations were probably pretty high at the beginning of the year, and rightfully so. You’ve spent the past four years dreaming about graduating, and the day is so close! But, like a lot of things in life (e.g., The Amazing Spiderman 2, swearing off sugar for Lent, pretty much anything that Pinterest made you think you could do, etc.), your expectations don’t always line up with reality . . .

Ruling the school

Expectation: “I’m a senior now. Get thee behind me, freshmen!”


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Reality: No one really cares.

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Senior perks

Expectation: Being a senior means you’ll get all kinds of awesome privileges. Like, the principal probably gives all seniors a special gold card good for unlimited hall-wandering and excuses from class.

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Reality: At best, you might get a better parking spot. But probably not.

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Becoming an adult

Expectation: You’re turning 18, so your parents will start treating you like an adult and letting you do pretty much whatever you want.

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Reality: Nope. If they have it their way, that curfew isn’t budging till you’re 30.

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Flying under the radar

Expectation: Teachers will love you and you’ll basically be immune to getting in trouble.

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Reality: Detention ain’t just for freshmen.


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Homework

Expectation: Homework? Seniors don’t get homework!

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NBC via wifflegif.com

Reality: Most. Homework. EVER.

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Study habits

Expectation: But hey, all that homework? No big deal. You’ll be crazy motivated to go out on a high note!

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Universal Pictures via waggeneredstrom.com

Reality: Nope with a side of nope sauce.

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20th Century Fox via teen.com

Fat envelopes

Expectation: Your mailbox will be brimming over with college acceptance letters.

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NBC via mtv.com

Reality: When those acceptance dates actually start rolling around, you’re terrified you won’t even get into your safety school.

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NBC via wifflegif.com

Prom

Expectation: Prom will be a magical night filled with dancing, friends, and maybe even a little romance.


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Reality: Still feels like middle school.

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Senior pranks

Expectation: You’re going to pull off the most epic senior prank of all time.

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YouTube via businessinsider.com

Reality: The school security guard thwarts your plans before you even begin installing a Slip ‘n Slide in the gym.

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NBC via buzzfeed.com

Skipping class

Expectation: Senior Skip Day is going to be the most amazing day of your life! You’re gonna’, like, climb Mount Everest. Or at least make waffles.

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Reality: "Ummmm . . . so, like, what now?"

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Graduation

Expectation: Graduation, at last! You’re going to strut across that stage like Beyoncé!


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Reality: Errrmm . . . not so much.

16 Epic Graduation Fails
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Going off to college

Expectation: College is going to be awesome.

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Reality: College is going to be AWESOME!!!

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But deep down, you’ll always miss high school. Just a tiny bit.


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Keep on keepin' on, Class of 2015!

 

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About Stephanie Farah

Stephanie Farah

Stephanie is a Writer and Senior Editor at Wintergreen Orchard House, where she manages the collection of data from schools in the Northeast and Midwest regions. Stephanie holds a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin and a master's in journalism from the University of North Texas. At various times she has been: an uncertain undergrad, a financial aid recipient, a transfer applicant, and a grad student with an assistantship and a full ride. Stephanie is an avid writer, traveler, cook, and dog owner. She looks forward to sharing her experiences with college-bound students and the counselors guiding them along the way!  

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