Junior Year… it isn’t that bad

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Anastasia Elefante

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Mike Quinn is happy that junior year is over.

Anastasia Elefante

Mike Quinn is happy that junior year is over.

It is widely accepted that eleventh grade is the busiest and the most difficult point in his or her high school career, but is it really as challenging as everyone makes it out to be? Madison Dodger Online interviewed some juniors and got individual takes on how they handled junior year.

 

What makes it hard and why does it have to be that way? There are three chief reasons that junior year may seem the most stressful:

  1. It is sometimes thought to be the most important year academically because all four marking periods go on one’s transcript whereas colleges may only see the first few months worth of grades from students their senior year.
  2. The combination of taking honors and AP classes to better the appearance on one’s transcript and getting ready for college leaves little room for other activities and proves to be time consuming.
  3. Many students who are driving are looking for jobs so that they can afford gas money or in other cases, their own cars. This takes up a great deal of time after school and on the weekend.

 

“I was definitely nervous going into this school year but looking back at it, the year wasn’t as stressful as everyone else has said. As long as you do your work and manage your time wisely then junior year really isn’t all that bad,” said junior Elizabeth Romano. Elizabeth was awarded a scholarship her sophomore year to attend the University of Connecticut as a field hockey athlete and will be graduating a semester early her senior year.

 

Alexandra Gonzalez, another junior, had a wildly different perspective when reflecting on this past year. “Junior year was a lot of work, especially in the last marking period. Balancing my job and homework was not easy and I was stressed for the most of it, it is certainly not a good day to be a dodger when you’re a junior!”

 

Finally, junior Kristin McManus left the underclassmen reading this a piece of advice for the most dreaded year to come. “Junior year was not too bad. It started out the way that freshman and sophomore year did, but in the end there was definitely more work and I felt the pressure. However, it all goes by so fast. Enjoy it while you still have it!”

 

MDO wishes all the underclassmen a great summer and bids the sophomores well as they will soon get started on the college planning process!

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