Where are the days when you could enjoy your senior year? Instead my son's senior schedule is jam packed with AP classes and already two college classes at UCF. He's going to be working harder than ever before plus keeping up with his clubs and varsity water polo. I remember when senior year was a student's time to exercise their newly earned status to rule the school, kick back and relax and enjoy their last pep rallies, football and basketball games, senior prom and of course graduation, open houses with families coming together.
I'm afraid this is not the case. I can still remember the high school principal saying at freshman orientation, "Your child's first day of ninth grade is the first day of their high school transcript that colleges will see." The seeds are planted very early. This may not entirely be a bad thing, as I do feel it creates high achieving students. But since the college admission process has become almost a part time job for both the high school student and their parents, I do feel there's a sense of missing out on savoring their high school experience, especially their senior year.
I realize there's not much I am able to change about the highly competitive college admission process, but what I can do is make it my goal to encourage my son to not sweat the small stuff, still work hard toward his goals, but also take time to have fun and hopefully create some lasting high school senior memories that just don't go into a blur of pre-college oblivion. I'm also going to encourage more family time, knowing the school year will go by quickly and I'll be doing the whole college shopping, packing and moving in all over again. At that time, our youngest will be a freshman in high school, and if this mom can help it, her first day of ninth grade will be recorded as the first day to make great high school memories, not just the first day of her high school transcript.
Here are my son's senior pictures that I shot throughout the summer. My senior photo sessions are shot on location that tell the student's story. I would love to help document your senior in pictures before they graduate and go off to college and you're wondering where did the time go? Give me a call 407.340.2990 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org