Expectations vs. reality of senior year

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Expectations vs. reality of senior year

This is my first photo taken senior year at the anticlimactic senior sunrise.

This is my first photo taken senior year at the anticlimactic senior sunrise.

Brenna Cohoon

This is my first photo taken senior year at the anticlimactic senior sunrise.

Brenna Cohoon

Brenna Cohoon

This is my first photo taken senior year at the anticlimactic senior sunrise.

Senior year is here, and less than one month into it, my expectations are already failing to be met. Although I am sure that this year will be an amazing experience, my goals as a perfectionist have made the past few weeks a harsh reality check.

Expectation: “I’m going to take easy classes so I can cruise through the final year of high school.”

Reality: My schedule is not a cake walk.

I decided to take some of the most challenging classes of my entire high school career this year. So far, I am enjoying the content of these classes, but I am already drowning in my workload. I am currently learning how to navigate these treacherous waters so I can turn these challenges into positive life lessons.

Expectation: “I am going to have so much free time.”

Reality: Free time? Never heard of it.

As previously mentioned, my workload is pretty rigorous. I also have cross country practice during the week and meets on the weekend. Thankfully, most of my friends are runners.

Expectation: “I am going to be so productive during my full period of lunch.”

Reality: I basically just talk to my friends the whole time.

I guess this isn’t a bad thing, because I definitely need some time to eat, chat and unwind in the middle of the day. Everyone needs a little break every once in a while.

Expectation: “I am going to make my college decision early in the fall.”

Reality: I have not even applied to any schools.

Although I have completed most of the Common App, I still have lots to do. In terms of actually making a decision on a school, that will happen soon enough; I am no longer limiting myself in terms of the time frame that I originally set into place. Eventually, it will be nice to have a definitive answer of where I will be attending school for the next four years when an extended relative asks that question for the twelfth time.

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