After a prom weekend that was exhausting for some and relaxing for others, SHS seniors returned to school on Monday for Senior Transition Day. The day began with seniors, split up by dean, asking questions and listening to answers given by some of last year’s SHS graduates. Questions pertained to a variety of topics from academics to social advice and roommate fears. The graduates, from a range of different colleges, did their best to answer the questions. However, in the later meetings between the students and the deans, many students expressed dissatisfaction with the Q&A, noting that the range of schools was not large enough and that the answers didn’t necessarily apply to everyone. “While the students were full of energy and seemed intent on helping us with our future college experience, many of the questions asked seemed like they could be answered with common sense, and soon enough, answers became repetitive. While I appreciate students volunteering for such an event, I feel many aspects of college are best learned or discovered on your own,” noted senior Will Hunersen.
The meeting with deans after the Q&A seemed to be a more satisfying experience. Deans ran the students through some sentimental activities, some reading stories or discussing great moments from the SHS experience. Some deans even had their seniors write letters to their favorite teachers thanking them for the experience. Overall, the concept was to help ease seniors into transition to college. At least for senior Dustin Potter, it worked. “I thought it was a fine time. It was definitely less informative than it could have been but it was really reassuring in that I felt like everything was going to be easier than I originally thought regarding transitioning and next year in general.”
Perhaps the most entertaining part of Senior Transition Day, however, had nothing to do with the college transition at all. After all of the formalities were over, seniors met in the gyms to receive and sign yearbooks. The yearbook staff, headed by seniors Melissa Tucker and Jessica Schwartz, worked hard all year to make the yearbook a hit. “It was the hardest I worked for a solid year - so much emotion, stress and time. But seeing everyone looking and smiling at the pages made me so happy and proud. This book will last for years to come and that is so meaningful,” exclaimed Tucker. And the seniors certainly were excited. Some stayed for almost three hours signing each other’s yearbooks. Chowing down on catering from Buon Amici, seniors crowded the gym bleachers and floors, searching for friends they wanted to sign. The event was a huge success. As senior Alon Daks noted, “Senior Transition Day was a nice way to cap off our high school experience by seeing the entire class one last time before graduation. Signing yearbooks with friends made it especially memorable.”
Pictured at top: Yearbook Staff Photo: Top row from left: Cassie leach, Jenna Karp, Dana Freidkin, Jessica Schwartz (my co-editor in chief!) Melissa Tucker, Daniella Knafo, Julia Morris, Dana Salzman. Bottom from left: Sue Silver, Jordan Flanzer, Danielle Berger, Jamie Kaplan, Stacey Dawes.
Zach Edelman is a senior at Scarsdale High School. He will join the team at Scarsdale10583 during senior options this year.