Category Archives: Seniors

Great Grad Gifts

YunaLee, Staff Reporter

Graduation is only weeks away – meaning all things grad parties and grad gifts! It’s a huge milestone in our lives, and we deserve the celebration. Trying to make the perfect grad party can be difficult because we want to make it better than so and so’s, and trying to find the perfect grad gift can be a harder task than trying to ace a test we haven’t studied for or actually coming to school. So here are some ideas to make our last moments as Chattahoochee High School seniors memorable and fun!  Some of these projects/ ideas have links on how to make them, so make sure you check them out if you want to save some money and DIY them!

 

Grad Party ideas:

  • Try a cotton candy bar
  • No photobooth? What are you doing?????
  • A huge chalkboard or corkboard to write/post messages of well wishes
  • 2018 balloons are a must.
  • “Through the grades” garland with pictures of you and your friends from kindergarten to senior year
  • For party favors, make a cute college survival kit
  • Starch bar’s with potato chips, french fries, and hash browns are the next big thing

 

Maybe you’re not hosting a grad party, but you’ll probably attend a couple so here are some grad gift ideas!

  • Money lei –DIY Money Lei! – YouTube
  • A small care package that remind them of home for college if they are going out of state
  • Meaningful photo album/ frame with handwritten notes
  • College gear for the college they will be attending
  • A shower caddy is essential to the dorm experience

 

Ultimately, personalized graduation parties and gifts make it special and meaningful to you so try thinking about the good things from the past four years of highschool! Oh, and best of luck to the class of 2018!

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Roommate Roulette

GraceSassaman & NadiaDowlatkhah, Staff Reporters

Most first-year college students who have to live on campus face the dilemma of choosing a roommate. It seems like the easy way out is to choose your best friend as your future roommate, but many graduates warn against this. Still, others say that going random is basically just a year-long blind date, and we all know how bad those can turn out.

Let’s examine the worst possible outcomes of choosing a roommate. Ask most people and they’d answer something along the lines of uncleanliness. Perhaps their roommate is too loud, annoying, keeps odd hours and parties too much. Maybe it can all be chalked up to incompatible personalities. Now, how many of these traits can you gauge through a few cursory conversations? That’s right, absolutely none. People can misrepresent themselves, and they certainly will if they believe you’re the ideal roommate, whether or not they are.

So, essentially, unless you’re rooming with a friend you’ve known for a long time and can bully into keeping the room clean or being quiet, you know very little about your selected roommate. You can schedule a hangout, but the facts you’ll learn about your future roomie are frankly irrelevant. You can get generic answers to general questions that most people will answer the same way anyway. Sure, it may be important for you to know their intended major, but that’s not exclusive information that you’re getting. You’re just getting that knowledge earlier than someone who opts for a randomly selected roommate.

It’s established that the only possible advantage of selecting a roommate based on a few characteristics they’ve chosen to represent themselves with is finding a roommate with a similar taste in decor. Now, let’s take a look at the various and titillating advantages of going random.

Really, if you’re going random, just tack on some more exhilaration and nail-biting suspense in the summertime lull before freshman year. You’re essentially starting over: new school, new friends, new classes. So start the first step of your adulthood with a new outlook too! Don’t try to exercise control in a lame attempt to soothe anxiety when you truly have very little power over the situation. Whether you and your roommate end up being best friends or totally incompatible isn’t something you can inherently decide. The same goes for life in general. Trying to control situations that are out of your control is futile. Instead, you can approach the outcome with optimism and take things in stride. That will determine your experience.

The difference between opting for a random roommate and essentially choosing a random roommate is peace of mind, which is personally a feeling long forgotten and, frankly, no longer chased.

If You Could Do High School All over Again…

SireeshRamesh, Editor-in-Chief

As seniors looking back on the four previous years of our life, it’s hard not to think of things that could have been done differently, potential experiences that were missed in life. These regrets are what many underclassmen dread. Most want to leave high school knowing they had done everything they’d wanted. Thus, in an effort to help these underclassmen, I went and interviewed eight seniors to ask what they would have done differently if they could start high school all over again.
Shanti Peregrina (SR) “I wish I valued my academics more than my social life.”

Priya Desai (SR)  “My biggest regret is not taking an art class.”

Kate Hawley (SR)  “If I could do it again, I’d have joined class council. ”

Natalea Drye (SR)   “Join a club, play volleyball or play soccer for all four years.”

Adrian Godoy (SR)  “I think not pushing myself to be in more prestigious clubs like National Honors Society is a regret I have.”

Niranjan Ramasekaran (SR) “I wish I’d studied harder.”

Hannah Kim (SR) “I wish I did a sport.”

Aviel Sabbag (SR)  “ I should have taken computer science classes because I need to major in CS if I want to do animation.”

Whether it was focusing on academics or engaging more in the high school experience, students across the board had something that they wish they had done differently in their four years of high school. It’s a seemingly inevitable part of an experience filled with many options and little time.

Roommate Must-Haves

CarolineKurzawa, Staff Reporter

You’ve done it! You have conquered the college application process and decided where you are going to attend school next fall, but now, the real challenge begins: finding a roommate. You find yourself wondering, “What do I want in a roommate?” Fortunately, I have laid out some of the traits you should consider when looking for a roommate.

Common interests:

Once you find someone that may make a good roommate, take a look at their profile. If some of their interests align with yours, send them a message. If you see that they are completely different from you, this may not be the best choice for a roommate. However, you never know until you get to know them, so send them a message if something about their profile peaks your interest.

Responsive:

Once you begin messaging someone, take note of how often you have to be the one to start the conversation and how often they respond to you. This is not a huge factor because some people just don’t really text. However, if you see that you are always having to start the conversation or that your potential roommate rarely replies or replies with one-word answers, you may want to start messaging other people to see if you click more with their personalities.

Agreeable:

When you are further along in talking with a potential roommate, start asking them questions about dorms where they may want to live and offer your preferences. See how flexible they are when presented with someone else’s opinion. If there is a discussion and your thoughts are considered, this is a good sign. If there is no discussion and your thoughts are disregarded, this roommate may not be the best fit.

Academics:

Ask your potential roommate what their studying style is. You may find that they could be a great study partner, or you may see that their study preferences are different from yours. The only red flag in this situation would be if they said that they were not all that into studying, and college is just a time to have fun. If you are a very serious student, having a more laid back roommate may not be for you.

Social:

Everyone has a different comfort level when it comes to being social. If you are more introverted, it would behoove you to not room with someone who is overly social. Although, you may be looking for someone to push you out of your comfort zone. This can be tricky. Often times, it is safest to room with someone who is as social as you are.

Cleanliness:

Make sure your potential roommate understands your expectations for how clean the room should be, whether you like it extremely neat or don’t care if it’s a little messy. This is very important to communicate to each other, so you can have accurate expectations of cleanliness before rooming together.

These are just some of things to consider when looking for a roommate. While you may have specific things you want in a roommate (athlete, specific major, etc. ), this is a solid list. Additionally, remember that even if you and your roommates are not the best of friends, the two of you will be going through some of the same experiences and will be able to help each other through them.

 

Defining Bittersweet

OliviaErickson, Editor-in-Chief

As the end of the school year approaches, the whirlwind of emotions that accompany this transition comes with it. For many seniors, high school was just a stage in their lives and leaving it conjures nothing more than a sigh of relief. These seniors probably only feel pure happiness regarding the end of their high school career. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there may be a few sad souls out there who don’t have much to look forward to after high school and only feel sadness about leaving. However, most of us, including myself, fall somewhere in the middle about this big change, and we call this feeling bittersweet.

Bittersweet is a word commonly thrown around during these last few weeks of the school year. Although both Merriam Webster and I know what bittersweet literally means (pleasure accompanied by suffering or regret), I feel as though the word carries with it much more emotion than the literal definition implies.  

The sweet feelings that swirl around when we think of leaving high school are the more prominent ones; many of us get to go to college, escape the watchful eye of our parents, meet new people and experience new things. What’s harder to pin down, and which most people avoid thinking about, is the bitter feelings that accompany this transition.

Looking around my lunch table–at the laughing faces of my friends–the ones that have been surrounding me for the past seven years, and knowing that in a year’s time most of us won’t even talk, that is bitter.

Saying goodbye to my favorite teachers, not necessarily the ones that taught me everything in the curriculum, but the ones that made their classrooms feel like a safe place, the ones that asked me what was wrong when I had puffy eyes and, most importantly, the ones that I hope to be like when I’m a full-blown adult one day,  that is bitter.

 

On the first week of my freshman year, a certain teacher instructed us to “write a letter to yourself,” to be kept, but not read, by him until the end of the year. I still have that letter, hidden in the back corner of my sock drawer. A few weeks ago, I read that letter for the first time in a year or two. I read what freshman-me hoped for, what freshman-me desired and what freshman-me wanted out of her high school experience.

I consider the things in that letter that I did achieve – that is sweet.

But when I think about where I did all those things, where I became the person I am today, and I realize I have to leave the place that has fostered so much growth- that is bitter.

Maybe for those who don’t feel as much as I do, their feelings about leaving high school are not this complex. But now, when I say that leaving the place I’ve called home for the past four years is bittersweet, you’ll know I don’t simply mean that it’s exciting with a tinge of sadness. What I really mean is that it’s absolutely heartbreaking, but that I’m thankful it hurts this much, because that means I did it right.

#TextMeBackJessica

HannahKornegay, Features Editor

*No names have been changed. Jessica actually won’t text me back.*

My roommate hates me.

As I type this article, I’m sure she is emailing every housing representative and pleading for a new room assignment. I’m not exactly sure what I did to offend her, but in every conversation we’ve had, she’s evaded answering any questions that would allow me to get to know her or simply hasn’t responded to the text message at all.

It was made very clear upon our first interaction that our personalities were not similar. To me, she appeared soft spoken and quiet while my personality borders on outgoing and periodically manic. My mother warned me to pick a roommate beforehand, but now that I haven’t listened and officially regret it, here are a few things that I’ll have to do to coax Jessica into liking me.

Be Myself: Being yourself, is always the best path to take, but I was myself with Jessica and she won’t text me back.

Pinterest Boards: I texted Jessica a link to a Pinterest Board I created so that she could get a sense of my style in dorm decorations. She logged in and has not made any additions.

Orientation: The college that I will be attending has hosted three different orientations that would provide the perfect opportunity for prospective roommates to meet one another. I asked

Jessica if she wanted to meet up at one of them so she could put a face to the name (even though I told her she could follow me on both Instagram and Snapchat), but she declined.

From my perspective, it seems as if my entire college experience is dependent on this first relationship. This roommate, whether it be Jessica or someone else, is who I am going to be sharing a living space with and it would be more than convenient if we were best friends. But that’s an unrealistic expectation. It would be nice, yes, if we met and ran slow motion into one another’s arms, and I realized that my whole life had been incomplete without her–but the probability of that happening is microscopic. I have been assured by many people who have endured the college experience, that it’s okay if you and your roommate aren’t best friends. There’s an entire college full of people who will be more than happy to be your slow-mo bff.

Update: I wrote this article on April 23. In an attempt to reach Jessica one last time, I texted her again on April 24th, she did not respond. Text me back Jessica.

Dispelling the Myths of High School

CarolineKurzawa, Staff Reporter

As senior year comes to a close, I have come to realize how much of what I believed about high school turned out to be a myth, whether it was about the academic or social aspects. Below, I have laid out what I believe to be the top ten high school myths.

You have more freedom in high school.

While this may be partly true, you are still viewed as a child who needs guidance and discipline, so don’t get your hopes up about high school being a free for all. It’s still a structured learning environment.

Your friend group will stay together forever.

This can be true, but more often than not, people drift apart once they begin taking different classes or become interested in other things.

It’s the best time of your life.

High school has some highlights, but it’s a stepping stone for another part of your life. It’s there to transition you to the next step, whether it’s college, a job or joining the military. The best parts of your life will probably happen after high school.

High school grades determine your college choices.

Yes, how well you do in school matters, but it is not the deciding factor as to whether or not you will attend your dream school. Most of the time your extracurriculars and personal essays also matter a great deal.

Every grade matters.

No, they don’t. This is not to say that you shouldn’t try to maintain good grades. It simply means that maybe not doing as well as you wanted to on a quiz or a test is okay now and then. It tells you what you need to work on.

The teachers want you to fail.

It’s the exact opposite. It’s their job to see you succeed. It’s what they want the most. Sure, some teachers are harder to approach than others if you’re looking for extra help, but they still want the best for you.

You’ll miss it when you graduate.

Most likely, no. You won’t miss it because you are in the next step of your life. High school did what it could for you, and you just won’t miss the lockers or smell of teenage stink.

There aren’t cliques.

Cliques are unavoidable, but sometimes they’re not a bad thing. A lot of the time, a clique is a group of friends who have either known each other for a long time or have bonded over a common interest.

It’s about the same workload you’re already used to.

One thing I was definitely not ready for when I started high school was the amount of work, and not just homework, but projects and class work too. I don’t know why no one tells you how much work high school can be, but it’s a bunch, especially if you are taking an honors or AP class.

It’s the worst.

No, it’s not the worst. Sure, there are some things that are not the most fun, but for the most part, most people will find either a class or an extracurricular that excites them and makes them want to wake up in the morning. The hard part is figuring out what that is because without something to be passionate about, high school can be four, long years of waiting.