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12/15/2019 11:07:00 AM
Did You Say 'Class Of 2020' (Part 2)

Angie Towery
Staff Writer


The time has come to say goodbye to the first semester of the Class of 2020 senior year. Senior year is a little different from the previous school years. As parents we have spent the last 17/18 years teaching our kids to be prepared for the rest of their lives, but grades and the choices of classes are far more important than you could have ever imagined than when you walked them in to kindergarten that first day. 

Among all the college and scholarship applications, it’s important to find time to absorb this final chapter of high school. However, if you pause too long, you can miss a lot of opportunities. It is a blessing to help my senior with time management but no matter how well prepared you think you are - there will still be surprises.



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In my motherly journey of college preparations, I have felt a little overwhelmed and proud. I lead the way for my son to volunteer in the community and to give back from his heart. Even so, those kind gestures turned into logging so that there is a track that the outreach can be reviewed to prove legit. Legit for what? College applications and scholarships. I am grateful to have received the heads up to log, and I understand (now more than ever) that these are the things that most major scholarships are looking for, nonetheless, it feels hypocritical.

One of the biggest downfalls we can get twisted in is comparing our student to another’s achievements. Pay attention to what your kid is capable of and strategize to help keep them stay focused. Don’t hesitate to encourage them beyond their comfort level, but know when enough is enough. Although I never had to push my son, I taught him accountability in everything in life, and that includes courses. I believe that if you’re going to take challenging classes, you have to dedicate yourself and do the best you can. It is part of being responsible. You often hear, “It’s all about the big picture.” Sometimes, it’s just about making it through a semester.

I have known for quite some time now that my senior is smarter than me, but PowerSchool updates are quick to remind me.

The roles of wearing the red suit as Santa, the imaginary tutu as the Tooth Fairy, and a cotton tail as the Easter Bunny may be over but the many hats of being a parent is the costume that never goes out of style.

This year is more than just senior year, it’s the biggest step for many of those tiny babies we brought home, not so long ago, to learn how to function without moms/dads just a room away. As always, parents get involved and stay involved.


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