Your intrepid blog author steps aside today. Today’s post was authored by Middletown senior Thomas Northrup.
As we approach the end of the school year, we all desperately look forward to our inexorable graduations, which in addition to being the end of our high school careers, also represent the deadline for base school grades.
We have had time to breathe a large sigh of relief now that we have finished our challenging, though often fun, MVGS work. Our finals for each class were very Mountain Vista-esque: For Humanities II, we wracked our brains relating any topic learned throughout the entire year to Joss Whedon’s Serenity; in Government we analyzed various aspects of the US government and suggested possible improvements; Calculus and Physics finals were giant comprehensive exams (which this blog author was happy to see finished); and while our Senior Research Papers have long-since been completed, many students are still competing at the Virginia Junior Academy of Science, even today.
Despite having completed our governor’s school grades with a bang (or just the resounding clack of a pencil being put forcefully on a desk), many of us still have a final week of grades at base school. And although, as governor’s school nerds, we all crave having our hard work graded and seeing that A (hopefully!), even our nerd senses have depleted so much so that we have all been reduced to stammering Charlie Browns… You know the monologue I’m talking about: “If I start writing now…when I’m not really rested…it could upset my thinking which is not good at all…I’ll get a fresh start tomorrow…and it’s not due till Wednesday…so I’ll…have all of Tuesday unless…something should happen…Why does this always happen…I should be outside playing…getting fresh air and sunshine…I work best under pressure and there’ll be lots of pressure if I…wait till tomorrow…I should start writing now but if I…start writing now when I’m not really rested…it could upset my thinking…which is not good at all.” Being a nerd doesn’t necessarily mean that you do all your work on time, and many of us succumb to the lure of procrastination, especially on these last assignments.
Having worked so hard these past two years at Mountain Vista, I look forward to graduating. There was that sad sense of finality at the Senior Banquet last Sunday, and I know for sure that I will miss all the quirky things that we do here, and I am so glad that I made the decision over two years ago to apply.
I don’t regret a thing, and I will miss it all (even the hard exam weeks). For that matter, I will especially miss the difficult finals weeks because they are ultimately followed by a week of awesome FLEX day activities. We have been well prepared for college, and now our hard work will be recognized and rewarded with seminars on Hamlet, robotics, coil guns, and pottery. No doubt the teachers have some other fun surprises planned for the last week, too (perhaps a little quiz bowl?)!