Senioritis

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Fri, 10-29-2010 - 9:51am

For many, the boredom starts in October, after early applications are filed.

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In reply to: elle_fl
Sun, 10-31-2010 - 8:22pm

Honestly, this is just weird to me - not the program, but the idea that senior year would be a "lull." Senior year was the hardest year for both my girls: the most AP classes, the most activities, and the least time. Neither one got lunch every day, and both had very, very little free time. Dd18 says that it's amazing and wonderful how much free time she has in college. Both would have taken additional classes if they had time.

I think part of that is the expectation that the parents set. In our house, there was no skipping school, ever (forget senior ditch day), grades were expected to be as good as you could make them, and no one was allowed to take early release or late arrival.

The WISE program sounds great, definitley, and I'd love to see my sons afforded that opportunity, but I also think that there are many opportunities at school. Dd18 had five AP classes to study for, show choir competitions, summer jobs to look for, and tons of "senior stuff" (like prom, award banquets, celebrations, etc) and when she had free time, she applied for scholarships and started getting ready for college. I'm just amazed that the kids are bored. What changes? They are still in school. It sounds like nothing changes, they just decide that they're going to blow off their classes or their grades. That would not be acceptable in our household.

Theresa

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Mon, 11-01-2010 - 8:20pm

Senior Year was also the busiest year and hardest year for my dd also.
She took AP English Lang &Compostion
AP Physics
AP Calc

She started with AP Eng Lang.
AP Physics/AP Calc took periods 2 3 4.
She had lunch.
Her afternoon was lighter since she had Accounting 2 5TH
She was a Teachers Aid for AP US History teacher 6TH.
The teacher also taught Honors US

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Mon, 11-01-2010 - 11:23pm

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Tue, 11-02-2010 - 11:31am

I waited to see what others said before I chimed in, and I have to say, I agree with everyone.

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Tue, 11-02-2010 - 11:43am

I wish I'd been in more contact with the counselors.

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Tue, 11-02-2010 - 1:17pm

Your son is lucky he was still accepted.

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Tue, 11-02-2010 - 1:40pm

Actually they based it on his jr year grades and those were worse than sr year, so he did look better as time went on, but I knew he was bored and just taking it easy...obviously didn't make for a good merit based scholarship; just a so-so one.

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Wed, 11-03-2010 - 9:32am
For both my girls Junior year was definitely the hardest! They both had APUSH, and the teacher is well known at the school for being the most difficult and demanding teacher they have. Amanda would spend hours every night doing homework for his class. Now that she is at college when she feels overwhelmed she tells herself "I got used to Mr. K, I'll get used to this" Senior year they both took 2 AP classes, but neither one took a science so it felt easier (they both dislike science" Ashleigh took 2 languages and art, along with AP Gov, AP English and Trig/Precalculus. Amanda took AP Gov, AP English, German 4, Statistics, Psychology and Teacher's aid. So, even tough they took some difficult classes, senior year felt easy to them. Ashleigh received her acceptance to UC Davis in March of senior year and Amanda received hers to Sonoma State in Dec. of senior year, but both were required to submit their end of the year transcript to their colleges and they new the acceptances could be revoked.
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Wed, 11-03-2010 - 12:26pm
Hi Theresa,
No lunches??
You must make some rib sticking oatmeal!

My youngest took AP classes starting his soph year, being recruited probably reduced application/admission anxiety. .
I encouraged him to go early because he thrived in the AP type classes and if he could get someone to pay for college in Jan why put life off?
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Wed, 11-03-2010 - 2:26pm
Haha - my ds10 is the first person to like oatmeal, but it's instant, and he can make it himself. I didn't like the no lunches thing, but they picked their own classes starting with Freshman year. Don't get me wrong - I definitely would have intervened if they picked really bad ones, but generally we just offered advice. Dd18 had a number of classes in which she was allowed to eat (unfortunately, this is a common situation at our school) so she usually brought a few things. There were times and days it was tough - when she caught the bus at 6:30 am, had musical practice after school til 6, and went straight to show choir practice til 9 PM. 15 straight hours with a few snatched bits of food, doing homework on breaks. (but still needing to stay up til all hours) no wonder she thinks college is so fun, lol! that's why it's hard to really understand the "senior lull."
Theresa