The school bell rings on a crisp day in early June, granting freedom to more than 1,000 Jesuit students. Complete and total hoopla erupts, the sound of “Summertime” from the High School Musical soundtrack echoes through the halls; the freshmen dream of circle tables, the sophomores panic about the upcoming junior paper, and juniors receive an early diagnosis of senioritis.
Whether exciting or stressful, there are many important milestones associated with each grade at Jesuit. As freshmen become sophomores, they may receive less attention, but still enjoy many new privileges.
“There’s no freshman PE!” sophomore Sofia Nosack said.
Campus ministry also becomes a more prevalent part of the Jesuit experience as a sophomore.
“The sophomore overnight was really fun,” sophomore Nitya Krishnakumar said. “Better than the freshman overnight.”
As juniors are all painfully aware, sophomores have a big storm coming as they transition to the junior class. Among the numerous struggles that Jesuit juniors face, lack of sleep is prevalent.
“I love that I am now able to call four hours a good night’s sleep,” junior Marianna Rojas said.
One thrilling privilege for juniors is parking in a school lot.
“You can drive to school without getting in trouble,” Nosack said.
However, the privilege does come with much pressure and responsibility.
“The best part of junior year is almost hitting a car every day while parking in the tennis court lot,” junior Kate Tobin said.
Junior year is also associated with a wonderfully stress-free dance that certainly does not cause any drama whatsoever.
“Year one of not getting a date to prom!” junior Daryl Jucar said.
Senior year is the biggest and arguably most important of the high school experience.
The opportunity to eat lunch outside of the hectic, frozen tundra in the winter and Sahara Desert in the summer Gedrose Student Center is an event rising seniors can look forward to.
“Off campus privileges,” senior Emily Cook said.
The status that comes along with being a senior is quite honestly, to quote Lizzie McGuire, what dreams are made of.
“A lot of times I just say to underclassmen, “I’m a senior” and they just let me do what I want,” senior Mollie Regan said.
So remember, my esteemed fellow students, that big things are approaching no matter what grade you will enter next fall.