Dear Class of 2021

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Written by Illia Solano

My fellow seniors,

I know that I don’t need to state the obvious, but things aren’t very cash money right now. It’s senior year! *Sound the air horns.* We should be rejoicing under the bright light after completing almost 12 years of school and-

Alas! 

The hard truth is that the year is just starting and it is much harder than previous years. 

I am not here to lie and say that everything will be alright. But I’m also not here to say that this year will be the worst year of your life/school. College apps are right around the corner. This means writing essays and supplements, taking the SAT/ACT, participating in clubs, and finishing the school year strong.

Are you stressed already? I know I am. 

Woah, people said that senior year was the best year in high school. It can still be… or at least it can try to be. We probably won’t have all those senior events but we can make the most of this year. We’re all in the same boat here so let’s get to it.

We’re in the early stages of the year. This means that we can get ahead of ourselves. I would recommend filling out your Common App, if applicable, sooner rather than later. I would try to fill out some of it every week so that it doesn’t stack up with all the other responsibilities. Completing the profile area takes time and so does completing essays and supplements depending on the college. It is no joke, all of that work can be overwhelming. You’ll probably feel frustrated or want to cry sometimes. It’s okay. It’ll all be worth it once the applications are done and you are greeted with the confetti screen. Then you can cry your exhaustion away like everyone else.

But wait, there’s more?

Correct! We have to keep up with our classes and take the SAT/ACT if we can. All those assignments and studying may mentally break you. May, not will. 

Throughout this year, try to separate school life from your personal life. Yes, you’ll have all these other things you have to do for school. Meet every deadline but don’t forget to have some “me time.” Take breaks and attend to your mental health. You will not function if you ignore your own needs. 

Talk to your teacher if you need help in school. They are always there for you. Senior year isn’t some sort of quest that you have to go through alone. It might seem lonely right now, but it never actually is. So many people are going through the same thing.

The class of 2021 doesn’t have it easy. But our circumstances will not stop us from having a good year. We’ll complete our applications, do well in school, and enjoy the time we have left before starting “real life.”