As seniors depart, juniors look ahead

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Leslie Loeza, Staff writer

As we all know, the 2014-2015 school year is coming to an end. The current juniors are about to be seniors and, well, that can be pretty scary. The following are a few things seniors have to worry about: college, AP (Advanced Placement) courses, prom, service hour completion, and graduation. Here are a few opinions about senior year from a few of our current juniors, including Emma Luczak, Michael Palermo, and Juliana Milano.
While everyone is looking forward to senior year, there are any number of reasons for juniors to be looking forward to next year.
“I’m looking forward to graduating with my classmates and participating in all of the activities that we have – like prom,” Palermo said. “It’s okay but if juniors go, but it’s more of a senior thing. Also, baccalaureate is something to look forward to.”
While there’s a lot to look forward, there’s also a lot to be worried about. As seniors, there’s a lot of responsibilities and a lot of things to get ready for – even after school.
“I’m worried more because it will be the last time I’ll see everyone,” Luczak said. “Also, another reason to be worried is taking AP courses. I don’t know where I want to go to college yet or know exactly what I want to be.
“I am nervous about that right now because it seems very nerve wracking.”
There are some things to look forward, too, as well. It’s not all going to be doom, gloom and stress.
“I am looking forward to the pep rallies, the teachers, to everything senior year has,” Milano said. “I am nervous about getting into college and finding out which college I want to go to.”
College is a time to have fun, but it is also a time for adolescents to learn how to survive on their own for the first time. While some students may decide to remain at home and attend a Junior College like Triton or Morton, many will leave home for the first time – and may be attending school in another state or another time zone.
“I’m worried a little bit about college,” Palermo said. “I’m more confident, but I’m still nervous

because you’re going to a place you don’t know.”
As daunting a task as it may be, students should remember that teachers and counselors are still around to help you figure things out.
“I feel a bit relieved (knowing we will have help) but I’m still nervous because they can’t make the decision for me. It’s all up to me in the end and I’m bad at making decisions.”