The Year the Seniors Got Screwed Over


Hannah Coraleigh Lovik

Three high school seniors wait anxiously to receive their diploma (The ancient in-person graduation).

I’m just going to say it: 2020 seniors were lucky. Yes, I feel bad they didn’t get a prom or graduation or any of the second semester senior perks, but they at least got one NORMAL semester as seniors. Our class, the class of 2021, didn’t even get to finish the second semester of our junior year and our entire senior year so far has been online with no hope of that changing.

I know you’re probably reading this and thinking “what a spoiled brat, people are dying and she’s worried about her senior year?” I know it sounds bad, but you have to realize the idea of walking across the stage and earning my diploma in front of my family and friends was what made the late nights, the excessive amounts of homework, the anxiety attacks, the essays, and the projects all worth it.

Another hard aspect of the whole thing is that a lot of kids wait until their senior year to participate in dances, football games, etc. due to high cost; it’s like a big culmination of their entire high school experience and it has been taken from so many people.

So when the senior activities, graduation, socializing, all the benefits that came with school got taken away, the motivation went with it. I’m pretty sure the only thing that has made me want to pass my classes this year is that the idea of doing any more highschool work makes me physically ill.

Although I would have preferred the senior year I had been looking forward to all of these years, I’m just ready to get this whole thing over with.

The one positive thing I can take away from this experience is that at least I got normal freshmen, sophomore, and most of a junior year. The way school events happen is never going to be the same so that’s an even bigger bummer for the underclassmen.

Trying to find the positive in all of this, I’m glad I got to experience “normal” high school for a little while and have some great memories to look back on.