[Archives] Junior year: it ain’t all that bad…
By Peter Scott
by The Milton Measure on Friday, February 24th, 2012
The month is June. It is a time for reflection. Since this edition of The Measure is devoted to the year in review, I figure that I might as well join in the fun. I have one day left in my junior year. I think I’m going to make it. While all the outgoing seniors continually tell me of all the fun I can have next fall (can you say college process?), I almost feel like I’m supposed to run around and scare all the sophomores about the horrors of junior year. While it is true that junior year is the most amount of work you will ever face in your entire life, and you are guaranteed at least one major breakdown in the month of February, it’s really not all that bad. Maybe you’re not convinced (maybe I’m not). Maybe all those horrors of SAT’s and U.S. History and leadership weekend still haunt you. Indeed junior year did have its down moments, but it is an experience like no other.
Firstly, consider your other years at Milton. In comparison, junior looks great. Freshman year doesn’t count. In the beginning, nobody knows anybody, so everyone just goes to all the SAA events (lock-ins?). Soon, the events get boring, and everyone gets real depressed about the prospect of spending their next three years here. Sophomore year does count, but you will wish it didn’t. It is the black hole of your life. You will be bored and depressed. You will do nothing (well, at least I didn’t) and arrive at that awkward time of your life when you don’t want to go to SAA events, but since you do not have your license, you will just wind up going home and getting Pay-Per-View. You won’t be able to wait for junior year to start, so you can forget about sophomore year. When you are a senior, you will spend your fall stressing about colleges and your spring stressing about the fact that you’re never going to see half of your friends again, except at reunions, which nobody goes to anyway. Compared to all that, junior year is heaven.
One should also look at junior year for what it has to offer, not what the other years do not. Junior year is full of potential. One is presented with the prospect of really cool things, without ever having to do them. Take, for example, the leadership positions, which many juniors have inherited over the past month. Right now, everyone is all excited about the potential everything has for next year. We are all so happy and energetic with our new positions, that we do not actually mind doing the required work. Next fall when we are swamped with college applications, we will all be kicking ourselves for voluntarily taking on extra responsibility. As of right now, though, everything is just cool and happy. Even college seems like a happy prospect. Sure, we have those first meetings when Mr. Duncan tells you that every school in North America is a reach, but we are so naïve at this point that we are much happier now than we will be later. Some of us juniors actually think that we will be able to enjoy the whole process. By the time December rolls around, we will all be whistling a different tune, I think.
Look at junior year not just from the standpoint of school, but from the standpoint of your life as well. These are supposed to be the best years of our lives. How scary is that? The point, however, is that we are young, creative people who should not get bogged down with all their school work (how sweet). The best part about junior year is that a majority of you day students will get your license during this time. Everyone will tell you that your social life will skyrocket with an automobile. This is, of course, a lie. However, it is fun to cruise around (take a boarder—they will be jealous), and access to Burger King is suddenly very easy. That’s all that matters.
As the seniors graduate to become freshman again, juniors are becoming more frightened with the prospect of next fall. For those sophomores out there who may be concerned with what awaits you as juniors, take heart. Make no mistake—it will be horrible during many parts (i.e. junior spring), but it doesn’t have to be as bad as its reputation may suggest.
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