Hello everyone! How are you? Well I hope that everything is fabulous!
Last week in English class we read an essay called Class Dismissed. The essay was all about how the author, Walter Kirn, thinks that senior year of high school is useless and should be done away with. He says how that year of school is just a waiting ground, while the students could actually start college early, go into the work force, or anything else they were planning to do once they got out of high school. Walter Kirn says in his essay that he does not know if anything would be lost if senior year were taken out, because he himself did not go to his senior year of high school. Though what he does say is that when he visited home, all senior year had done for his friends was make one an unwed mother and some “into victims of major car collisions.” I’m not sure I totally agree with Kirn though.
I understand that colleges don’t look at the grades you get in senior year, but they do look at the classes you take to make sure that you are not just slacking off. They do this because they look at the college applications sent in while the students are still in their senior year of high school. If senior year were done away with, wouldn’t that just be pushed back to junior year? All colleges would have to go off of is the students grades from sophomore year (colleges don’t look at grades from freshman year). I already had enough stress in my sophomore year, I don’t think they need to add more by making that the only year being looked at for college. What if you had a bad year? Or semester? You get judged on that and there is next to nothing you can do about it.
Also some people really use their senior year to grow and mature. At 17-18 years old, most people are not ready mature enough to move out and live on their own (I’m not even sure they are mature enough to do that at 19 years old). A parents job is to raise their child to be a good citizen and be able to go off on their own and be successful. You can’t really teach children that stuff until a certain age because they just will not understand it. Heck, most parents are still teaching their kids this stuff at the age they move out now. I’m not saying kids should live with their parents until they are 25 and are living off their parents. I am just saying that parents should be allowed to shape their children into these good people until they become mature.
Kirn says that nothing much will be lost if senior year is hacked off. I wish that was true! I already have so much lined up for my senior year. On top of three or four AP classes, I will be finishing volunteering at a local hospital, and I am thinking that I will be taking a ROP class (these are classes that are meant to help teenagers explore fields of work they are interested in to see of they would be intrigued in doing that as a career). I might also be taking a fun class: cooking maybe? I am using senior year to really get ahead so I don’t have to do so much in college and to explore my options for a career. If senior year were not there I would loose a lot, and I am sure I am not the only one.
I’m sure that there is probably some good things if senior year were to be no more, but this is what I think about it. I feel like these reasons really outweigh, whatever good could come from not having senior year.
What do you guys think about this? Are you pro-senior year or not?
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