I’ve been told sophomore year hits you like a truck. It’s the year many take their first AP exam, while balancing honors classes, sports, extracurriculars, etc. But it’s also the year we start thinking about our futures.
The class of 2023 missed out on a good portion of their freshman year, which is said to be the fun year where you don’t have to worry about APs, hard classes or college. The sophomores lost from March to June of their freshman year, and are now unprepared for what’s coming this year.
During freshman year, academics were simple. We didn’t have much to worry about besides getting a seat at the lunch tables. However, in sophomore year, we have to start caring more about our grades, the honors and AP classes we take, sports, activities, PSATs, colleges, and the list goes on. Most, if not all of these undertakings are much easier in person.
Simply put, the class of 2023 is not ready for an online sophomore year.
Sophomore year is when you can finally earn your learners permit and/or driver’s license. But, during these unprecedented times it has become difficult to take the test. For many students, a driver’s license is equivalent to freedom, and this is easily one of the more trying aspects of being a Corona-more.
Take the senior class of 2021, and while they will be missing out on some school activities, they still have the opportunity to continue them in smaller groups. Recently, the seniors were able to continue the long standing tradition of “Senior Sunrise” by meeting outdoors in a park. Additionally, many seniors are thinking of having their own homecomings in smaller groups so they don’t miss out on school dances.
Even the junior class of 2022 doesn’t have it that bad. While many juniors were already prepared for their incoming workload, sophomores were just learning how to take a heavy course load and balance it with extracurriculars. As we continue the year online, we still have a heavy course load and extracurriculars, we just don’t know how to handle it.
While the incoming freshmen are upset about missing their first day of high school in-person, they will eventually experience a first day. The sophomores can also relate to missing a part of their freshman year.
While we all wish we could go back to school in-person, each class has to compromise, but the sophomores seem to be compromising the most.