On March 27, the third quarter of the 2018-2019 school year came to an end. The next day the fourth quarter began. For the senior class, these are the final two months they will spend as a student at Cathedral Prep. The Ramblers of the Class of 2019 are having a wide variety of emotions regarding their time at Prep coming to an end, but there are some common mindsets.
Many of the seniors have both happy and sad attitudes towards their high school career coming to an end. One student, Jared Lichtinger, falls into this category. He sees that his time is flying by as a Prep student, with graduation rapidly approaching. “It is one of those bittersweet things in life. The good comes in the form of new beginnings, a start to a new chapter in life, and experiencing and prospering in life as I never had before,” he said. Jared is finished with his college admissions process. He will be attending Gannon University and is looking forward to this new start in life. This new start, however, comes with leaving something special behind. “The bitterness comes with how I’m going to stop having amazing memories and experiences with everybody who made my Prep experience outstanding.”
Michael Borowicz also has a similar line of thinking. For him, the days are flying by quicker than ever before. Like many other students, Mike recognizes there are many aspects to Cathedral Prep he will miss, but he also will be happy to leave some things about it behind. “Some of the things I am definitely going to miss are the theater program and other clubs, the fun atmosphere of Prep, and being constantly surrounded by friends,” he said. Many of the things that students, and Mike specifically, are fine parting ways with are the some of the classes they dislike and many of the rules of Prep. “I am ready for the freedom of college, the slightly different schedules, not having a uniform, and being able to take classes which truly interest me. I’ll be able to grow in new ways than I have before.”
While seniors such as Jared and Michael are still committed to giving some effort in their classes, other seniors have lost such motivation for their studies. For example, Dominic MacArthur is committed to doing the “bare minimum in order to pass classes and finish the year adequately.” He has been preparing for this time to come, where the drive to complete schoolwork has entirely vanished. Now that Dominic has decided he is also attending Gannon University and is housing with some of his best friends, he is primarily looking forward to what the future has to offer, and he is simply looking to get by in the remaining weeks at Prep. It is easy to see Dominic has caught a classic case of senioritis. “Honestly, I am just tying to get through the year and not do anything stupid to ruin my Prep experience.”
Among the wide variety of seniors’ attitudes towards their Prep experience coming to an end, there was one common theme that stood out among them all. This is that they are all committed to making the most out of the fourth quarter. A large emphasis is spending time with the Prep brothers, get rid of the negativity which circulates their time here, and focus on cherishing their last moments in the halls of Cathedral Prep.