Category Archives: Seniors

Seniors Vote Their Ossoff

JourneySherman, Editor-in-Chief

On April 18 many seniors were seen wearing an “I’m a Georgia Voter” sticker. This is because Georgia held a sixth district special election to replace Republican congressman Tom Price, who stepped down to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services.

Democrat, Jon Ossoff, ran against 11 Republicans for the position and almost gained 50% of the voteswhich is what is needed to declare a winner. Ossoff fell short with having 48.1% of the votes while the other candidates roughly shared the other 51%. The Republican with the greatest percent, Karen Handel, garnered nearly 20% of the votes. Because none of the candidates cleared 50%, a runoff will take place June 20.  

Ossoff has made himself more accessible through countless rallies for supporters to sign up to volunteer and get the chance to meet him in person. I was lucky enough to attend his first rally in preparing for the runoff. It consisted of signing up for shifts to volunteer at one of his campaign offices. These volunteers are being asked to go door to door and advocate for Ossoff. They will also push “mail-in” voting and make you promise you won’t be out of town on June 20. Currently many of the official members of his campaign are from Gen X.

When I attended the rally this age group made up most of the population in attendance. Ossoff was eager to speak with all attendees of the rally and was much more personable than expected. He gave off a calm and engaging demeanor while making a short speech and greeting the crowd. Ossoff was more than willing to take pictures with supporters (including me) and listen to topics that concerned them.

With such a narrow margin of votes needed, it has become increasingly important for millennials to be involved. This means spreading the word regarding voter registration and voicing their opinions on issues that are important to them. Ossoff’s campaign has an increasing desire for involvement by younger people in the campaign.

RoomateMingle.com

 

CaseySabath Staff Reporter

You get into your college and put down the deposit. What’s next?

Well, finally knowing your college is so exciting. I know the first thing I did was sign up for all the “Class of ‘21” groups on Facebook. From those I got into sorority groups, and that was where I started my search. It’s weird, I’ve never checked my Instagram or my messages more than now. I would have all my friends scroll through my Instagram feed to check that nothing seems too off about me. I suddenly had to have funny captions and frequent posts, and I was giving my number and a description of myself to over a hundred people. Not only that but I found myself searching through dozens of possible roommates and going through their instagram and Facebook feeds. Not to mention the occasional accidental double click on something they posted three years ago. It’s embarrassing having to look through all their social media, but you have to do it. I would rather be thorough than end up with a roommate I have nothing in common with. We’ve all heard those horror stories and I refuse to have one of my own.

Next, all those people you followed start following you back. And soon you start getting texts late at night by random girls saying who they are and how they were creeping on you and noticed that you’re similar. Then both of us are stuck in the awkward conversation of “what are your likes and dislikes?”. I thought I was doing terrible at this awkward little dance until it was an hour into the conversation and we’re talking about watching Grey’s Anatomy while eating queso in the dorms next year. Then it’s finding out that you have mutual friends and next thing you know you’re going to have Chipotle with three different girls throughout the week and you don’t have the heart to say you don’t like Chipotle. I’m currently at the point where I’ve met some of these girls in person and my friends and family have all approved or disapproved of them.

Don’t ask me how to tell someone you don’t want to be roommates. I haven’t quite gotten to that part and I figured it would be a mutual decision. But all in all finding the perfect roommate is like finding the perfect boy…near impossible. It’s literally the same exact process as dating and I find that incredibly odd. Then again, you are finding a stranger to not only be you’re friend but also to live with you after only meeting a few times. I’m still finding the one but when a pre-law major makes you a powerpoint on why you should be roommates it’s hard to argue that. We’ll see, I still have a month or so until I have to know.

High School Never Ends

EmmaKenfield – Features Editor

It’s an overplayed, outdated fact that this generation is one unlike any other, discovering the world through 2’’ by 4’’ screen as opposed to through our own eyes. This is the inevitable truth; the world is advancing and our lives will have to adjust to such a changing culture. Because of this, though, the college experience we were so told about as children is going to be entirely new as well—something our parents cannot prepare us for.

“It doesn’t matter where you end up; in college, you will never see the people you went to high school with.” This is a phrase I heard far too often growing up, as if school was too large and vast for you to possibly cross paths with anyone you’d known prior. This is a generation built upon publicizing exactly what we are doing, at every which moment, simply so that the people we know are able to see it. This culture is unavoidable, and social media obviously allows for many more benefits than downsides, connecting us with people around the world. Because of this accessibility into each other’s lives, though, college transforms from your new beginning into you and your school’s new beginning, especially when at an in-state school.

The problem arises in this scenario: it is the first Friday night since you’ve moved into your dorm room. You are probably roommates from someone you knew from high school, acquaintances before, default friends now. You check Snapchat to see four or five MyStories of friends from high school downtown, and you want to join them; they’re whom you’ve always known, so it is easiest to adjust to college with some familiarity. Had you wanted to stick to your original plan and start over, reinvent yourself and make new friends, saying no would most likely offend those you used to know, and cause you to lose those friendships eventually. With in-state schools especially, there will most likely be 10 or 15 people you were decently good friends with in high school that you would have to deliberately separate yourself from in order to start anew, and that is not only difficult, but costly to those friendships.

There is truth to the fact that you can happily be friends with those you knew from high school in college; most people choose this route nowadays because frankly, it’s easier. The journey through college that we were so told about growing up, though, starting alone and confused with everyone else, has changed immensely because of social media’s influence on our lives.

Advice to Freshmen: How to have the best four years ever

CarolineTomczak, Seniors Editor

Dear Freshmen,

With only a little more than a semester left until May 26th, the day we all have been waiting for since freshman year is finally just around the corner. With the anticipation leading up to May, it is inevitable to look back at the great (and the not-so-great) memories of our four-year journey of high school. While I look back and remember the awkward experiences throughout high school, like not knowing where my classes are; and the great experiences, such as Friday night lights, I want to show the class of 2020 how to make the most out of your four short years at Chattahoochee.

  1. Always give 110%.

No matter what the challenge is, whether it’s getting an “A” in AP Bio or making the varsity sports team: always, always give it your all. This really comes into play right now for seniors, during the nerve racking application process and opening your letter from your dream school and seeing the words “congratulations” or “unfortunately.” You don’t want to have any regrets like, “Oh, if only I tried harder.”

  1. Be yourself.

When I was a freshman, I would always worry about what others would think, which is not the best idea. Don’t worry about whether or not you have the latest clothes or the new iPhone, just be yourself. I promise you more people will like you just for being you.

  1. Try to attend all school events.

This one is important. You are only in high school once– after high school you won’t  have the opportunity to be able to go to football games every Friday with all of your closest friends. Many seniors haven’t been to most of the school events, and really wish that they took advantage of this great opportunity earlier throughout their freshman and sophomore year. Marissa Klee (SR), stated that her favorite memory from Friday night football games, “This past year, was really the first year that I went to all of the football games and I enjoyed every second of them; I wish I would’ve went to more of them earlier throughout high school.”

  1. Be kind to all the people you meet along the way.

Yeah, I totally agree group projects are not always the best; you are assigned to work with a random group with people that you barely know, which may seem like a horrible idea. However, even though you may not be fond of a person at first, always be kind, you never know they could end up being one of your best friends.  

  1. Take risks.

If one of your goals in high school is to play on a varsity sport but you think that you won’t make the team, try out anyway. If you really like a girl and want to ask her to prom or homecoming but you’re not sure if she will say “yes,” ask her anyway. You never know the outcome until you try.

  1. It’s okay to be the “nerd”, and if you’re not that’s perfectly okay too.
  2. Have fun, but not too much fun.

Okay, I know what you’re thinking, I may sound just like your mom. Yes, but your mom is right; it is important to have the time of your life in high school and make the most out of every moment, just make sure that you are still on track for reaching all of your goals.

  1. Set goals.

Before going into freshman year, I made a list of goals that I wanted to meet by the time I graduate high school. This is a great way to be successful and it’s great to look back and see what you have accomplished.

Before you know it, it’s senior year and you’re applying to colleges, planning for the next four years of your life. These past four years have flown by and it’s important to make the most of every moment.

Sincerely, the class of 2017.

Moving On From The Game

KatieHeissenbuttel

Sports Editor

Senior year is a year of many lasts—from attending the last friday night lights to your last homecoming. However, any student who plays a sport in high school experiences a little of a tougher “last.” These students face the heartbreak of playing their last high school game. For those athletes that decide to not to play in college, those final games could be their last time playing the sport they love.

The decision to be a collegiate athlete is not one to take lightly. After 14 years of playing soccer, Jackson Siegel (SR) was one of many who faced this decision head on going into his senior year. However on Nov. 6, Siegel decided playing collegiate soccer was not the college experience for him. “I was considering it for a while, but I’ve heard countless stories and know a few people who say college athletics are just too much,” mentioned Jackson, “I love the sport of soccer, and I don’t want college to ruin my passion for it.” A factor that can sway an athlete’s decision is whether their friends who are athletes are taking the athletic route into college. Jackson mentioned that if one of his friends were playing in college that he would consider going with them.

A major reason as to why making these decisions is so difficult is because people have a fear of having regrets. Siegel adds, “I’ll most likely regret my decision at first, but then I’ll realize I made the right decision.” Jackson plans on attending UGA next fall. He says he will still be able to play soccer whenever he wants to. Even though Jackson says it will feel terrible to no longer be playing on a school team, he says, “I know I’ll still be playing intramural at UGA along with adult leagues after graduation, but it won’t ever be the same.”

Although the transition may be hard, many athletes continue to workout as if they were still training to build their game when they move on to college. Like Jackson, many high school athletes are leaving behind the sport they love to go on and do other things with their life. As these athletes approach their last games, they feel less pressure because they don’t have to worry about getting injured or impressing any coaches. They can just go out and play the game like it’s their last.

Don’t Let it Go to Waste

EmmaKenfield, Features Editor

College is historically known as the place you’re supposed to find yourself outside from the life you’ve always known. High school is a cycle of the same people doing the same things, and while I’ve enjoyed every moment of it, I have always been obsessed with the challenge of starting over. That idea is appealing to many high schoolers here; we are so secluded in this town that we are itching to escape it. In order to do this, though, there has to be a part of you that lets go of what you’ve become so used to. How do you balance keeping close with those you know so well at home, while opening yourself up enough to start a new life somewhere else?

By senior year, your friends mean much more to you than you could have ever hoped. Without realizing it, you wake up one day and realize that those people became part of “home,” part of your everyday routine, and part of you. I personally have found myself in a group of friends so spectacularly fitting that I couldn’t imagine going through life with anyone else. High school allows you to find yourself with the people most like you, who understand you better than any other. College, though, forces you to break away from that.

I have always wanted to go somewhere far; the idea of starting new has never left my mind. However, it has always been an idea. It is easy to say that “one day” you’ll do it all: move away, begin a new life with different people. I have come to the realization that this day so far away in my mind is approaching faster than I could have ever anticipated, and it is only going to get more real as time goes on. No matter how hard it is to talk about, the unavoidable truth is that in less than a year, all of us will be walking along different streets, possibly in different states, leading entirely new lives.

The thing is, though, it doesn’t have to be that way. There is a reason that we’ve grown to care about one another so much, and that isn’t simply to throw it all away in the end. It is true: you can’t enjoy your future if you’re holding on to the past. I think that it is ultimately the best thing for all high schoolers to have to learn to grow on our own, away from what we’ve become so accustomed to. People are going to change; how can you remain the same with so many aspects of your life being altered? Those people don’t forget where they came from, though. As unsettling as it may be at first, I believe that once the initial fear settles, and we’ve all found our new place in the world, the people who meant the most all these years will not disappear forever. Coming home will only be more exciting, times with them will only be more cherished, and those who were originally our high-school friends will ultimately become our lifelong friends. So, don’t be afraid to look forward to something new and exciting. College is supposed to be the best years of our lives– live them that way and don’t regret it.

How to get the Most out of Senior Year

Senior year is upon us and with it we have officially entered a “season of lasts.” The clock is ticking, every fleeting moment is one we will never get back. Stress levels are high, emotions are unstable, tears are flowing and goodbyes are near. The realization of our impending departure is daunting and becoming more and more real each day. Among all the due dates and essays to be written, it can become easy to get caught up in all the stress and miss out on what’s going on right in front of you. While taking care of all of your application deadlines is very important, so are the people and moments that you are living in right now. It’s easier to spend senior year at home planning the future than it is to go out with your friends living in the present. There is so much advice to be heard on how to complete applications, or how to go about choosing a college, but no one ever takes the time to stop and explain how to make the most out of your senior year.

Guideline number one: Do not stress over choosing a college. The only part of that process that deserves any of your sweat and tears is the application, but once you have submitted all that is required, then you have done all that is being asked of you. Many kids find themselves wanting to pull their hair out over the wide ranged options of universities to attend. When the time comes to decide, if you have considered all of your options based off what you want– there is no wrong choice; so don’t sweat it.

Guideline number two: Do not stay home. I know you want to lounge at home and watch Netflix. I know you want to hide out in your room, avoiding all social interaction. However, when the time comes where you can’t call your friends up to hang out that same day, you will regret that weekend you spent up in your room rather than at that football game you will never get back.

Guideline number three: While I’m encouraging you to make the most of your time, don’t spend it doing things you don’t like with people you don’t care about. This time is supposed to be about making memories with the people who make you happy. You want to be able to exit high school with no regrets, leave with no words left unsaid, because soon enough no one is going to be around to hear you say them.

Senior year is emotional, and it’s so easy for everyone to shy away from the emotional aspect of everything. Partaking in the lasts and relishing the moments you have with your high school peers are just as important as your college applications. So don’t dismiss this last year and you will leave high school having gotten the best out of every moment.