Pros and Cons of Senior Skip Day

I wholeheartedly agree with the inspiring statement: “Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” After all, what high school student doesn’t beam at the very reference to that line from the timeless high school ‘80s movie about three best friends playing hooky at the end of their senior year?

It’s no secret that Cedar Falls High School seniors set aside one special day every year to designate as “Senior Skip Day.”

Believe me, I get it. There are so many reasons to celebrate this classic event: it’s the last hurrah, “Sophomore Skip Day” doesn’t have the same ring to it and, of course, it’s tradition.

Now, fellow seniors, by the time this prints, this day will have already happened and I sincerely hope you all had a great time. However, I would like to address the senior skippers of the future so that they can make an informed decision about the pros and cons of senior skip day.

I will start with the pros; that way you can skip the end if you think you’ll want to throw tomatoes at me. For starters, we only have a matter of days left as seniors, and other than some possible detention time, you really don’t have that much to lose. Classes are coming to a close, and you won’t really have that much to make up, right? Besides who wouldn’t want to go to the beach and just hang with friends and have one last three-day weekend of high school? If you’re lucky, you could even get a tan. As an added bonus, the rest of us have better parking in the morning.

The whole thing is pretty harmless, but there are a few down sides to everyone skipping all at once. For one thing, the teachers all know what’s up. In the middle of May, it’s pretty obvious that the Bubonic plague didn’t hit half the senior class. In the past, some teachers even offer extra credit or let students in on extra information who are present for class on skip day. Not to mention, depending on your reputation with some of your teachers, you could earn brownie points for actually being at school and going against the crowd.

Which brings me to my last point, you don’t have to do senior skip day. The amount of seniors who actually skip are in the minority. Even if they were the majority, it’s OK to break free from the majority if you aren’t into the skipping festivities … or if you have an AP test. It’s your call. How do you want to be remembered?

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