Sarah Zhang is a Mash correspondent and a senior at New Trier High School
Currently, I'm being hit with an essay, a quiz and a test - all in the same class! In the span of five short days, seniors are expected to juggle exams, essays, everyday homework, long-term assignments and, of course, the dreaded college applications. All this, every single week.
This is the myth of senior year. Your parents, relatives and teachers may claim senior year is the best year of your life and that you should cherish it
But that is a lie.
Senior year is made exponentially worse by the fact that everyone expects it to be the most fun year of high school. This year - wait, no, this quarter - has been the most stressful time of my life. Although there are a few perks to being a senior, my experience doesn't compare to what I was promisedfor my last year of high school.
Picture this: You're in the hardest classes you've ever enrolled in (only taking them after being told that colleges don't like to see you "slack off" senior year), moving into AP courses and beyond, but on top of that, you're still expected to get good grades in order to get into your dream school.
It's more like
You're expected to complete all your homework on time - we're talking readings, essays, exams, tests, pop quizzes, oh my! - and still perform your best in sports and extracurriculars. Sure, let me pull an extra 12 hours out of thin air.
You're expected to complete college applications that take hours upon hours, until the phrase "supplemental essay" feels like a death sentence.
You're expected to do all the above, and still go to school happy, ready to learn and loving senior year.
Moreover, senior year adds an entirely new layer of stress on top of schoolwork. It's the time in our lives where we start to think about what's next, what we'll do after high school, which friends will stick with you and which ones are inevitably going to fall by the wayside. While this is utterly exciting, it's incredibly sad as well.
I suppose, then, the best adjective to describe senior year is melancholy, the bittersweet territory between adulthood and being a kid, between high school and college.
There's no good way to get through the first half of senior year. When the end of this incredibly disappointing first half of senior year arrives, I'm sure we'll all laugh at just how stressed we are at the moment.
But until then, I'll be counting down the days until my senioritis can finally kick in.