Why Seniors Should Be Able to Leave
Senior year is nothing like anyone had ever told me it would be. I kept hearing that it would a breeze, that this would be the time to relax and enjoy our last nine months of being in high school as kids. They were wrong. My friends and I have really struggled with finding enough time to balance our crazy lives. This is the time where we have jobs, trying to apply to colleges, committing to colleges, making important life decisions in order to ensure happiness and satisfaction in our future. The first three terms of senior year have been stressful and time consuming, but now that fourth quarter has rolled around and classes are starting to die down, it is time to gear up for graduation and our lives outside of highschool. Our time in class is becoming significantly less important which is why seniors should be able to leave class as long as they get their work done on time.
“I feel that the productivity level of students who are teacher assistants decrease,” said senior Daniel Kim. “If they are to have the freedom to leave, it might inspire them to be more productive.”
Speaking from a personal perspective, my school schedule is quite easy, however there is a lot of work given that I can only do outside of school. If a student is a teacher’s aide one period or has a class where the work can be done at home, they should be allowed to leave. Trying to transition a teenage life in high school into a college lifestyle is difficult and school makes it even harder. I personally can not focus and do my work in class because I do not enjoy being here. When I am not in a place where I feel peaceful and relaxed, I really struggle. It would be much more productive for me to be able to leave school during my teacher’s aide period or when we have a period dedicated to self directed study. Instead of sitting in the classroom, I could be at home, happy and content, or at my favorite coffee shop where I get most of my work done on days I do not have work after school.
“Having two dismissal period would help me a lot,” said senior Belly Wygant. “It would give me more time in my day to either finish my homework or run errands that I need to get done.”
Seniors are now seventeen or legal adults, which means there are more responsibilities. Many students have to have a job in order to pay for their car, gas, insurance, and food. I work during the week and the weekends which means I need to schedule my time in order to balance work, school, homework, friends, and independant time. But this cannot be done when I am stuck at school as a teacher’s aide or wasting my time watching movies in class. Typically, I have about one day, if I am lucky, a week where I do not have to go to work or school. However, on that one day, I usually have homework I have to catch up on. If I was able to leave during my teacher’s aide period, Royal Time, or missing class when we are not doing something particularly necessary to show up for, I would have been able to be more productive elsewhere so I do not have to spend my weekend trying to catch up.
I know that schools are responsible for the kids during school hours and some kids would take advantage of this system, but a solution to this problem is allowing seniors to have two dismissal periods if they have all of their requirements met for graduation. For those of us who are doing well in school, and would use this privilege to their advantage, it would be the best thing. It is like being held hostage here, not being able to come and go when necessary. I have responsibilities outside of school, I need the freedom to be able to leave during my teacher’s assistant period or Royal Time to go run my errands before I have to go to work at two o’clock, and then get home at eight-thirty at night. Living in this never ending cycle of feeling like you are drowning in work and school, never having enough time to catch up because you have to sit at a desk for no reason for too many hours of the day is not fair. So let us leave.