Am I “Good Enough”?

By: Hagar Mansour
With the school year halfway through, most seniors are struggling to get their college applications in by deadlines and are stressing over the possibility of not getting accepted into their dream school. This is a crucial time for Tucker High’s class of 2012 as they prepare for the world outside of high school. While some have a serious case of senioritis, others are constantly thinking about the status of their applications. Are my SAT scores good enough? Do I have enough scholarships to pay for tuition? Should I stay in-state close to home or out of state close to my dream? What’s my plan B? …When can I get some sleep?? These questions are some of many that are running through our senior class’ heads. When asked what their biggest worry was as a senior, Tucker’s class of 2012 replied with similar answers related to college and graduation. Maria Mendoza says her biggest worry is “not being good enough to get accepted into the college I want,” a fear that many agree with that they even sacrifice their sleep and social activities in order to meet high expectations. Speaking of expectations, seniors find this last year in high school their last chance to be “good enough”. Many students feel it necessary to cram hard classes into this final leap because they were advised to only take one advanced class a year during 9th and 10th grade, leaving their junior and senior year to make a difference. Jesus Gallardo notes that “even though you will graduate, they tell you you might not” referring to the pressure they put on seniors who are barely passing their AP classes. Even students that seem to be having everything going for them fear that they aren’t good enough. Sean Csukas says the greatest worry in his opinion is “the worry that you didn't do enough in high school to get into the college you want, and knowing it’s too late to go back and do more, do better.” Chelsea Chambers also agrees and finds it unfortunate that you can no longer fix your SAT scores. Phavy Man too wishes she could have “done more to be active in school and to get better grades.” This realization is a crisis for most seniors as they realize that this really IS their last chance. The greatest advice at this point for younger students is it is never too early to start preparing for college. Paying for college is also a dilemma that students had a lot to say about. Getting accepted is no longer the hardest part. When you get news that you have been admitted into your dream school, an Ivy League for that matter in a big city, there comes a load of new issues. How are you going to get the money to pay the thirty thousand dollar tuition a year? Jesus Gallardo says that paying for college is, in fact, harder than getting accepted “because if you do your work and have good grades then I think you can get accepted into a fairly decent school; however, paying for it is hard because not everyone can pay for it. The only option you have if you can't pay would be community college, but since state and federal governments cut budget on community colleges its getting hard to do even that.” Since when was getting an education this hard? Seniors have become dependent on scholarships, it’s their only hope. Phavy Man, like many seniors has fallen under this obstacle. “For me personally I can’t go to college unless I have Hope so it’s a struggle to get scholarships.” Sean Csukas says that it is even harder to “find scholarships without being poor, black, female,

gay, or related to a company employee. Pretty much every scholarship requires at least one. Otherwise you have to be obscenely amazing (like saving babies from burning buildings on a regular basis) to get a scholarship.” Maria Mendoza also to this thought by noting the struggles of an immigrant student. “After being in Georgia for ten years, you are not counted as a resident even when having a paper that says you can be here legally. College and scholarships don't want to accept you, not even with a good GPA and good grades.” These seniors deserve a lot of credit for the effort they put into making ends meet concerning college and their education, but to some, senior year year is a time to relax. “We have a bit more freedom.” says Jesus Gallardo. “Senioritis is a nice plus. Acceptance letters are awesome. Telling the teacher you don't care because you got into college. College itself. A lot of free time in place of all the homework you aren't doing.” Sean Csukas adds on jokingly. Though the stress of college, seniors have a lot of the regular school stress off their shoulders, and we can’t blame them can we? It’s their time and they deserve it. However, some students’ greatest worry as a senior is just that, the freedom. Ahmed Mansour says that his biggest worry is that “after getting accepted and knowing you’re going to graduate that you’re going to stop caring and will give up like many fellow classmates.” Tucker High’s class of 2012 have a lot to carry on their shoulder. They don’t know when the next time their lives will be stress free again. Senior year is one of the most important years of your education, and we wish these students the best in their future. Good Luck Class of 2012!

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