The Pain and Joy of the Junior Year

By Angel Yang

In the dingy dry cabin, I settled myself on a narrow seat. My phone, ipad, books, and pencil case, with food surrounded me, taking up the last bit of space around me. As the plane flew across the Pacific, the space was cramped but my heart was thrilled to return to my dorm—my second home—meeting new people and old friends in school, and the impending junior year!

Back at school, my fantasy of being an upperclassman at SD—gaining a foothold, leading lowerclassmen, and grasping the top secrets in the school—was finally realized. In contrast to the nervousness in freshman year as a completely new student, two years later, I fully engage in this inclusive community, communicating with teachers and staff, and participating in more activities.

Besides feeling a stronger sense of belonging, junior year also means the pressure from AP courses, an avalanche of homework and quizzes, and approaching college applications. My friends walk by holding heavy hardcover textbooks. Complaints of quizzes and discussions of sophisticated problems flood the daily conversation. Lounges during study hall make merely flapping sounds of pages and scribbling sounds of pens. Though shrouded in a more stressful ambiance, I surprisingly notice the benefits of pressure. 

While everyone struggles more, we also become more cohesive, supporting each other as we go through hard times. Moreover, I actually organize my time better under more pressure since I genuinely realize the preciousness of my time. Compared to my freshman and sophomore years when I was fooling around with my friends, playing cards in the library, lying in bed for hours playing with my phone, my junior year is defined by working harder in school and establishing a better relationship in the SD community, and most importantly, I see a clearer path for my future! Junior year is the time when we strive hard for our future, sharing tears and laughter with each other. Indeed, junior year is tough, but in SD, we work together and I know I can do it.  

悲喜交加的高三生活

在昏暗的机舱里,平板、零食、书本、外套包围着我,使着本就狭隘的座位更加拥挤。尽管环境恶劣,作业繁多,休息不佳,我的心确止不住的喜悦,为这即将到来的新学年。或许开学意味着赶早贪黑的学习,堆积如山的作业和扑面而来的压力,但今年的开学对于我来说,却有一份别样的期待。因为成为一名高年级学生,在我心中就是可以深入学校内部,掌握天下事,可以潇洒自如的与大家畅谈人文八怪,可以带领学弟学妹一起笑傲SD,走向成功。

回到学校,我对于高三的期待都一一实现,我开始认识与更多同学交流,其中不乏一些学弟学妹,开始更加投入到学校社团,开始更紧张却充实的生活。伴随着期待而来的确实更大繁重的学业和迫在眼前的未来。作为一名高三学生,大学申请不再是空空而谈,标化考试和成绩变得越来越重要,AP课程更是“锦上添花”,作业考试应接不暇。走着路的11年纪学生们抱着厚重的书,闲聊时的11年纪学生们抱怨吐槽接连不断,晚自习时的11年纪学生们埋头苦干鸦雀无声。学业上的压力很可怕,但它却让我们更加凝聚在一起,在高兴时一起欢呼,在难过时互相鼓励。

其实压力也并非来自紧张的学习,更多的是我们自发的压力。当未来近在咫尺,当比拼越来越激烈,当我们学会承担责任,我们赋予自己压力,我们尽全力拼搏。相比高一高二跟同学嬉戏打闹,在图书馆打牌,躺在床上无所事事,高三的我开始更好的规划我的时间,更好的融入SD社区,高三的我开始更清晰的看见自己的未来。高三是一个全新的起点,我们开始努力为未来拼搏,高三也是一个悲喜交加的时代,我们一起感动大笑,一起迎难而上。高三很艰难,但在SD我们有彼此,一起同舟共济,展望未来。

About the Author

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Angel Yang

I am a Junior and have been at San Domenico since Ninth Grade. As an international student, SD community is my second home, inclusive and supportive. At SD, I am encouraged to try new things and be myself. Due to my interest in writing and service, I participate in both yearbook and Children In Need club, during which I enjoy meeting and getting to know more people.

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