Welcome to Senior Year Saturday, my newest regular feature! Essentially, I talk about any and all things related to my final year of high school, from homework and extracurriculars to updates on college planning and thoughts on graduation. And more! (Such as that dreaded feeling known as “senioritis.”) Enjoy!
Happy Saturday, everyone! I haven’t done an SYS post in a while, so I thought I’d write one today. Here are some of the school-related things I’ve done lately!
P.S. Previous Senior Year Saturday posts can be found here.
1. Applied for housing at the University of Iowa
The residence halls at my future college are known as Living-Learning Communities, and they’re organized around interests/majors. My top choice is the Honors LLC, because A) I’ve been accepted to the honors program and B) I think being around such studious people might help me to work harder because… sometimes I am not very motivated. Oops.
My second choice is the Writers’ LLC. It’s not #1 mostly due to location… it’s a little further from my classes and from the dining hall!
I’ve also begun the roommate-finding process, which is done online and mostly involves matching people based on temperament and study habits. My ideal roommate would be a quiet, creative, super-open-minded nerd, but… we shall have to see about that. I haven’t yet found anyone who seems particularly interesting.
2. Studied The Great Gatsby for American Literature
My brother and I read this over the last few weeks. Or, more accurately, my brother read it and I just answered analyze-y questions and stuff because I read it this past winter and it’s one of my favorite books – so I didn’t really need to reread it to refresh my memory!
I did forget how much I loved that book, though. GOSH IT’S AMAZING.
Oh, and we’re probably going to watch at least one of the film adaptations sometime next week. I’m excited!
Wow, it doesn’t take much to make me excited, does it?
3. Forgot about P.E.
Um. I meant to be more diligent about running and whatnot, but I’ve only once in the last three weeks or so. Oops. I don’t like running… and it’s COLD now, so I don’t always want to bundle up just to go outside.
But I shall try to do better. [Tiny noises of self-motivation]
4. Raised my hand too often during college Spanish class
This makes me feel like Hermione Granger. But hey, my participation points will help to make up for any points I lose in conjugation assignments. (I am not very good at conjugation.)
And on Tuesday, my incessant volunteering-answers-routine worked out really well, because we played vocabulary jeopardy. I knew a TON of the answers, so my team ended up winning and getting Snickers candy bars as prizes. Worth it.
5. Discovered that I hate writing essays for scholarship applications
I’ve already received several scholarships from the U of Iowa – some are automatically awarded if one’s SAT/ACT scores and GPA are high enough. But I’m also applying for their top scholarship, which totals $40,000 over four years.
Anyway, I keep procrastinating on my essays for the application. Or I write something and then hit backspace and start all over again because it just doesn’t feel right. It doesn’t feel me enough. I write essay-ish blog posts all the time, but that’s different – I can be sarcastic and weird here. In my essays, though? I feel way too stiff and formal and not like myself.
On the other hand, the essay’s topic is pretty broad (“tell us about an idea you find fascinating and describe how it has changed/altered/impacted the way you think and live”) and that makes things a little easier. I’ve chosen to write about Roald Dahl’s children’s books and how they’ve influenced me as a budding writer of kid’s/YA books.
Oh, and one more thing: I’ll soon ask some people to read my essays and give me some comments/feedback, so let me know if you’re interested! I don’t need a ton of people for this – five would be fine, seven is probably more than enough.
If you’re still in school: What have you been learning and doing during these past few weeks? I’d love to know1