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Column: Sure signs of senior slide

Have you ever truly experienced senior slide? It's not just a state of mind or an idea. It is a serious condition. You go your whole senior year hearing people talk about it, and you may think you have it, but when you have it for real, you know.

How to test yourself: When the teacher asks you to open your text book, do you obey, or do you involuntarily lie your head down on it?

The verdict: If you laid your head on your book in attempt to go to sleep, you most likely suffer from this disorder.

The cure: Not applicable.

It's obvious this happens because graduation is so close and we're sick of school, but what are some of the other causes? I know what finally broke me. I started thinking about the summer between high school and college. What a weird summer it will be. There are too many things to think about.

My first issue was finding a job. I found one. I trained and worked at my job for 48 hours in one week, on top of school. I got my first check and it went straight to college tuition. This will continue to happen throughout the summer. What kind of world is this? I work for my money and it just gets taken away? Outrageous.

My next issue is my car. The one thing that's been there for me through the good and the bad - the thing that would take me to wherever I wanted to go if I filled up the tires at least once a week - will be taken to the junk yard when I go to college. Apparently my beautiful '93 Ford Taurus is junk just because the tires deflate, the stuck windshield wipers block my vision, the shocks are shot and my brakes are going out. I just can't imagine saying goodbye - like I don't have enough to say goodbye to already. For the sake of any high school senior parents out there reading this, I won't get into goodbyes.... it seems to be a sensitive topic lately.

As I've mentioned before, we all need to figure out what to bring to college this summer. For some, we also need to contact our future roommates and get to know a stranger we'll be sleeping in the same room with for the next school year.

How can any teacher expect us to deal with all this pressure and still be able to worry about that reading assignment or vocab sheet? No wonder missing assignments suddenly seem harmless. Who can blame us for worrying about the upcoming summer? Hey, it's just the foundation of our future, right? For those of you who are hanging on by a thread, I can give you no advice. All I can say without getting all sappy is finish this year with a bang and have a good summer, things will never be the same.

Ayla Benike will graduate June 11 from Farmington High School. She was an Independent student columnist for two years. Apparently mired too deep in the senior slide to come up with something herself, she asked that we add a note at the end of this column thanking all who have read over the years.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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