A bit of senior advice

In Editorials on September 3, 2010 at 7:05 pm

By: Sara Allen

As a senior, I remember talking to my friends about the classes behind us and someone saying “There was no way we were as bad as the (insert class name here) when we were (same class name here).” The thing is, we may think we weren’t as bad, but all of the classes above us were thinking the same exact thing we are thinking now.

This year, if you are a senior, try to be nice to the underclassmen, remember we graduate in 10 months, but thye rest of the school still has one to three years. Photo courtesy of Courtney Harrington

Yeah, the freshman may be tiny and easy to push around, but that doesn’t give us the right to do so. Who cares if the sophomores are incredibly annoying? There is the option of ignoring them all together, so why not try that? So what if the juniors are acting cocky just because they aren’t underclassmen anymore; just look the other way. Being the oldest at the school doesn’t mean we can do whatever we want to do to the members of the classes under us. Sure senioritis is starting to kick in, and the fact we will be graduating in June is exciting, but we don’t need to lose our minds. We don’t need to assert our seniority by trying to control the students that are younger than us.

One of the first couple days of school, while eating lunch in the commons, I saw a group of freshman reading the student handbook and looking at the map like their lives depended on it. What did my friends and I do? We laughed and someone said, “What’s with the freshman this year? Are they stupid? We weren’t that dumb as freshman.” Sure it was funny to the upperclassmen that have been at the school for years, and don’t ever open the handbook, much less read it, but I’m sure to those freshmen who had no clue what was going on, it wasn’t that funny.

Seniors, instead of pushing the younger grades around, help them out. We only have 10 months of school left until we graduate; everyone else has one to three years. Let’s set an example for the classes left so they don’t start the “We weren’t that bad when we were…” stuff. Looking back on it, we most likely were. Try to get through these ten months without being mean to the freshmen, sophomores and juniors. It may be hard, and you may think they deserve it, but think back to when you were in their grade, would you want someone doing to you what you are about to do to them?


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