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Seniors reflect on their year so far

By Luis Taganas

The clock is ticking, the school year is going by fast and no one is more anxious for the end of the year than the Senior Class.

Many senior students  share a similar feeling of relief. “We’re so close to getting there,” Megan Nguyen said. When asked about college, she answers enthusiastically, saying that she’s “super excited” for college. This feeling resonates with the rest of the Senior Class.

“I want to get away from home,” Sidney Faust says with that same enthusiasm. Both of these seniors cite the new opportunities in store for them. She goes on to talk about how living away “isn’t a big deal” and beams when she talks about the new things in store for her. But these feelings come with a few qualms as well.

“I’m both,” Matthew King responds when asked whether he’s excited or anxious for college. He reiterates some of the exciting points made by Nguyen and Faust, but harbors some anxiety living on his own. “They won’t be making sure I get to class on time and…I have to do my own laundry,” King said.

“I’m a little apprehensive to what the curriculum’s going to be like,” Faust said. Moving up into a much bigger class and in general a much bigger world is also a topic that seniors hold qualms about.

Jin Yu remarks how “local” everything is in Alameda. “You know the people around here,” Yu said, talking about the things he’ll miss when he leaves. The seniors all have things they’ll miss. Friends and even teachers will be missed fondly by the outgoing Senior Class. One of Yu’s biggest concerns is “keeping up with relationships” and “not being overtaken by senioritis.”

The last semester is looked at as a time to put off homework and care about other things than academics. Students like Faust see it as a “fun semester” and want it to be more about spending time with friends and watching copious amounts of Netflix. “I’m done,” she said. “I’m definitely not doing homework.” Many seniors share this sentiment where school is more of a chore now, but they also own up to the responsibilities they still have as students at AHS.

Conversely, Megan Nguyen thinks the opposite, “I don’t think I’m allowed to do that,” she said laughing. “One of my biggest goals is to keep up with track,” and keep up with school. She also says she wants to continue with her piano program since she has big concert at the end of the year.

When looking back at their time at AHS, they see it as a time to develop and grow and flourish into the people they are today. All of them say that coming in from middle school, they were less outgoing and more self-conscious of what others thought of them. Faust summarizes the Senior Class’s sentiments when she said “I came in not as outgoing…but now I don’t care what people think…I can be whoever I want; I’m my own person.”

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