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Senioritis strikes
January 18, 2014, 05:00 AM By Janani Kumar

OK. So it’s here. The final semester of high school. Ever. And let me just say, for the record, that senioritis is not some made-up thing that people use to justify the certain degree of “slacking off” that happens; it’s very much real. Though it is only my second week back, I can see the early signs of a shorter attention span in class and an overall lack of detail when it comes to studying and doing homework assignments. I don’t even feel like I have fully come back to school yet.

All in all, it’s pretty great.

I had the great experience of falling really sick on the last few days of winter break, and had to miss a couple of days of school last week. Under normal circumstances, i.e. any other semester of high school, I would have roughed out those days by taking Claritin and Advil to control my symptoms.

As a second semester senior, I was able to miss those days and have a complete recovery, without the strain of worrying about having my grades slip.

Another awesome perk of being in the last semester of high school is the ability to do everything I missed doing for the last four years, when my primary concern was maintaining my grades.

For example, as soon as my last set of finals finished last month, I literally went crazy with catching up on my favorite TV shows and spent so much time as a volunteer gift wrapper at the mall, something which I love to do, but was not really able to spend much time in years past. And, for the first time, I actually visited Union Square during the holiday season with friends. That was pretty great — just roaming around Macy’s and sipping peppermint hot chocolate.

Now, I also get to focus on those things that I, unfortunately, had to put on the back burner during the college application process, like my musical training. I get to spend more time singing and dancing Indian classical music and dance and perform more.

And now for the potentially biggest advantage to being a senior: I finally get to be an outdoor ed counselor!

Ever since I was a camper at outdoor ed in the fifth-grade, all I wanted was to be able to come back as a counselor.

I potentially had the option of doing this my junior year, but the prospect of missing an entire week of school, especially at a time when the makeup work would have literally killed me was just not appealing. And while skipping a week of school is still not ideal, I have much more bandwidth to do it this semester.

I have so many fond memories of going to Pebble Beach and taking the Night Hike, so I look forward to seeing the camp counselors’ experience.

Call me crazy, but I still remember the camp songs and my cabin’s spirit songs.

Of course, I do have to acknowledge that we seniors obviously still have to maintain a certain degree of respect toward our classes and grades. While colleges don’t accept you based on your second semester senior year grades, you don’t want to risk letting your grades drop so low that you get prevented from graduating.

But enough of that. I think I can say that we can all be OK if we maintain a work ethic. But this is what we have been waiting for, for four years!

So while we start the countdown to Graduation Day, I am going to cram in as many fun and amazing experiences as I can, by which I will remember my high school life.

Janani Kumar is a senior at Burlingame High School. Student News appears in the weekend edition. You can email Student News at



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