Already into college but not yet out of high school. That is the burden of more than a few twelfth graders struggling to reconcile the increasingly incongruous tasks of finishing childhood and starting adulthood – perhaps making senior spring feel to them like, well, the duration of childhood all over again.
“It’s this slow build to college,” laments eighteen-year-old “Sam.” “Mom’s crying, Dad’s yelling, emotions are high … and high school looks pointless.”
Sam and many more like him have “checked out,” at least emotionally if not intellectually. And that makes staying in the game all that much harder.
Stephen’s new column, Already Gone, discusses the subject of senior spring in greater detail.