Dear Seniors: How to SSS, because we couldn’t.

Second Semester Senior (SSS). Also referred to as the last semester of high school. We’ve all heard the phrase SSS tossed around in the hallways, show up on Instagram posts, or just commonly talked about amongst the high school seniors. By the middle of second semester, most seniors will probably settle their plans after high school. Whether you are serving the army or committing to a college, there is both excitement and sorrow as we close a chapter of our lives to open another.

I think SSS should be a time where we try to enjoy our last moments together. If you didn’t have the time during the past four months to go out with your friends because you were busy studying for exams or doing the best academically as you could… SSS is an opportunity for you to take a break from all the stressing. Not only will this semester most likely be the most relaxed semester in the entirety of your high school career, your friends will also be in the same position as you.

“Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness.”

Harvard Article

BUT SENIORS, this does not mean party everyday and get and flunk your studies!

The National Association for College Admission Counseling surveyed 298 colleges in the United States and found that 22% of colleges reported that they had revoked an admission offer for the year 2017. Two thirds of these revocations were because of poor grades in students’ senior year.

That one bad class grade can change where you will spend your next four years so STAY ALERT.

Yes, it is entirely possible a college (especially the elite schools that have high academic expectations for their admitted students) may rescind their decision of taking you. These cases are, in fact, not so: uncommon. That one bad class grade can change where you will spend your next four years so STAY ALERT. Also, all your scores will eventually end up being submitted to most if not all of your schools, so why not show universities how great of a student they admitted or should admit?

Now that we’ve discussed celebrating, it is time for us to discuss proper farewells. Whether it is your family, your friends, your teachers, they have been your biggest supporters for the past four years. Now its time to… express your gratitude! Make sure you give everyone a proper thank you and hug before you embark on your new journey. Take a quick time to your local supermarket and pick up some Ferrero Rochers for your teachers and friends. Another sweet way to express your gratitude can be through personalised handwritten letters!

As written in a Harvard article, “Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”

That’s it seniors! Woohoo! Well done completing your first semester of senior year and say hello to your final semester as a SAS student and a high schooler! Good luck on the seniors who are already in college and also to the seniors who are waiting for good news to come their way! Once an Eagle, always an Eagle!

Author: Angela Hwang

Angela Hwang is a junior at Singapore American School and this is her second year working for The Eye. She is thrilled to return back to journalism and wants to produce more exciting content for the upcoming year. Angela embraces her Korean background, but considers Singapore her home. Her hobbies include taking aesthetic photographs, collecting CDs from her favorite artists, and travelling to some of the most majestic places on earth. She can be contacted at hwang41112@sas.edu.sg.

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