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Senioritis: A New Type of Stress

Nate Rosen

For three and a half years, I waited to experience the new world of a second semester senior. But it was nothing like I expected.

Before I continue this column and lead my fellow second semester seniors to think I’m insane, and invite juniors to give me death glares as they carry their stacks of SAT and ACT books, I would like to throw a little disclaimer out there.: I, Claire O’Halloran, love being a second semester senior.  Seriously, it’s one of the best feelings ever.  But second semester came with a new form of stresses that I was completely unprepared for.

Stress #1: The Second Semester Backpack Stress

Everyone wants to downsize, which is exemplified by all the Disney princess backpacks and bags that are clearly not meant to hold more than two notebooks and a pen.

I am one of the downsizers who went for the smaller, less “freshman-looking” backpack.  Yes, it looks cooler than my oversized first semester one, but there is no denying that it is utterly inconvenient.  Disney princess-ers, I don’t know how you do it.

It is stressful enough for me to try and fit all my stuff in my smaller bag, and I can’t imagine using a literally kids-size one.  Major Kudos.

The backpack stress derives from the need to carry as little as possible to show your second semester status, all while making sure you actually have everything you need for the day.

It’s a balancing act—and it’s harder than it looks.

Stress #2: Deciding What Work to Do

After what seems like an eternity of working to the absolute breaking point, how does one simply “stop trying?”

It’s a question I still can’t answer.

I’ve heard an incredible number of seniors, myself included, mentioning just how difficult it is to decide what work to do.

It’s trendy to not do it all, but it’s hard to actually pick which stuff to do without having flashbacks to first semester and that dread of missing an imperative assignment.

When faced with either completing the worksheet for your world language or finishing that math packet you swear you already know how to do (or at least some-what know how to do), the decision somehow seems impossible in your now super relaxing second semester life. Usually, the final decision turns out to be “Both seem easy. Maybe I’ll watch tv first.”

There is pressure to not have to work that hard, yet you know that if you don’t do anything then you’ll fail your second semester—which is a little less than ideal.

Therefore figuring out what you actually have to do becomes a stress in itself—but its still preferable to having the stress of doing everything perfectly.

Stress #3: Time Management

Perhaps the most stressful of the stresses.

Part of the second semester attitude is to put relaxation before productivity.  Senioritis is more than just a mindset, it’s a lifestyle, and it’s almost impossible to avoid.

The time management stress is a result of a link of ideas.  It starts with “I deserve a reward for at least showing up to school, because, hey, it’s second semester.”

The result of this is either a pit stop (usually a lengthy one) to get food at the diner with your fellow second semester seniors, or the return to that episode of that INCREDIBLE TV show that you just started—I suggest “Homeland.”

This phase is followed by the “It’s only 4:30. I still have so much time” thought.  This is where things start to go downhill.  This leads into that second episode of that season of that incredible TV show that ends in such a cliff hanger that it would be considered inhuman to not watch the third episode.

Whatever the pastime is that seems so much more important than homework, it all eventually leads to the same 9:00 realization that “Wow, I’m tired but s***, I’ve literally done nothing.”

It’s the senioritis that clouds one’s awareness of time.  C’mon teachers, it’s not our fault.

So herein lie the newfound stresses of a second semester senior.  It’s a hard-knock-life for us. But juniors, power to you because your stress level probably still wins.  By a lot.

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Claire O'Halloran, Web A&E Editor
A team player on and off the field, even with a knee injury, Claire O’Halloran ’13 is ready to jump into another great year of Inklings. Before her Staples journalism journey, O’Halloran always liked writing and really enjoyed (reading) newspaper articles that were humorous and memorable to her. She took Intro to Journalism her freshman year, and found that she really enjoyed journalism, and now loves everything about Advanced and journalism in general. Besides journalism O’Halloran enjoys music and tennis and being a part of Staples’ varsity soccer team, but an injured Claire, someone who always likes being busy, is thankful for having Inklings and all of its’ busyness and action. As web A&E editor and veteran web Feature and Opinions editor its no surprise that O’Halloran is one of the web’s biggest fans. She is attracted to how it is a place for instant information and quick answers. “The web is the future,” she said. “It’s the way to go.” O’Halloran also appreciates that her stories can be seen by anyone, anytime, any place all around the world. Overall she is excited for her final year with Inklings “We have a huge staff with a lot of new talent and it’s going to be great.”
Nate Rosen, Graphics Coordinator

When flipping through the pages of a freshly printed Inklings on a Friday morning at Staples, text, novelty-fonted headlines and especially graphics and pictures jump out to the Staples students and faculty. And a big applause is long overdue to senior Nate Rosen ’14, who is Graphics Editor in Chief this year and is the man behind a number of graphics in both the paper and web versions of Inklings.

 “It’s a creative outlet for me,” said Rosen ’14 who can be called an artist for his graphics and photos but claims he cannot draw for his life.

Doing graphics for Inklings since freshman year he has created numerous different visuals. One of his favorites is the banner for an article about The Great Gatsby. With gold and metal like textures the banner closely resembles the logo for the 2013 movie.

“That graphic I actually did on my own time, it was more for me,” said Rosen ’14.

Rosen claims that graphics is really a hobby for him; he could be on the Adobe software creating new graphics all day long. However it is easier to have an assignment for a graphic instead of creating the idea on his own.

But no matter how he gets the creative spark or how he creates his artwork, Rosen’s graphics will be printed and posted proudly in Inklings throughout the year.

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