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!”
Reality: No one really cares.
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.
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.
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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Expectation: Homework? Seniors don’t get homework!
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Reality: Most. Homework. EVER.
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Expectation: Hey, all that homework? No big deal. You’ll be crazy motivated to go out on a high note!
Reality: Nope with a side of nope sauce.
Expectation: Your mailbox will be brimming over with college acceptance letters.
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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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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.
Expectation: You’re going to pull off the most epic senior prank of all time.
Reality: The school security guard thwarts your plans before you even begin installing a Slip ‘n Slide in the gym.
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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Expectation: Graduation, at last! You’re going to strut across that stage like Beyoncé!
Reality: Errrmm...not so much.
Going off to college
Expectation: College is going to be awesome.
Reality: College is going to be AWESOME!!!
But deep down, you’ll always miss high school. Just a tiny bit.
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Keep on keepin' on, seniors!