Traditionally, senior year is the most memorable year of a student’s high school experience. This is because events that occur such as the senior breakfast, graduation ceremony, and senior trip. While these events may be filled with excitement it also comes with a price. Senior dues, which covers the graduation ceremony, cost a total of $250, other costs include $105 for Senior Prom, $35 for the Senior Breakfast, and a $140 fee for the trip.
Inevitably, multiple payments can cause inconveniences. Some senior students wish that the school could communicate more clearly what the costs cover. “If I knew exactly what the costs were specifically covering for I would feel more comfortable asking my mom to lend me the money for something like the trip,” Senior Ameer Johnson claimed.
Other seniors back this claim that clarification would be useful towards future payments. There were more who stated it’s difficult to constantly keep track of payment deadlines throughout the year. “It’s overwhelming at times trying to organize the finances of senior year,” Sean DeSilva said.
Furthermore, the senior expenses have lead to an unfortunate lack of participation within the 2019 graduating class. There are several students who wish to pay for senior dues, trips, and other events, but cannot at times due to financial hardships. However, there are also members of the grade who refuse to meet payments because of their own resistance.
“If you can pay and you choose not to because you don’t feel like it I think that’s selfish to everyone else and you’re doing something that could impact your high school career very negatively,” Avi Cantor expressed.
Senior year at SLA illustrates that great experiences may come with a burden on them.