Everyone, whether it be a freshman, sophomore, or junior all have expectations of what they believe their senior year will be like. I know this because I was in the shoes of each freshman, sophomore, and junior. When you are on the outside looking in, senior year looks like a ton of fun. Why wouldn't it? After all, you're getting ready to graduate, you're done with this HUGE standardized test, and you're getting ready to move out the house to be on your own and go to college. People do not often talk about the bad side of being a senior.
I feel that the biggest misconception is that senior year is a breeze. Now, senior year is not necessarily hard but it is still school. In my personal case I am taking IB/AP classes which is a lot of essays to write while still balancing regular classwork, work, college business and a personal life. For some people, their senior year just may be a breeze but one thing that will hit you senior year is the FINANCES.
Senior year is so expensive and college is even more expensive! The financial part of college doesn't really hit you until this year and you may even figure out your "dream school" doesn't necessarily fit in with your wants, needs, or finances. Many scholarships can be done regardless of what grade you are in. The sooner you get started the better.
Senior year doesn't completely suck it's just all about balancing and learning to manage your time well which will be a crucial skill needed to be successful in college and in life. The fun doesn't really start until the end of the year. Prom, graduation, pep rally's, open houses, and getting out of school early all occurs towards the end of your senior year so please cure your senioritis or get a vaccine because you need to hit the ground running your senior year. Fill out your college apps over the summer, get your letters of recommendation at the end of your junior year along with copies of your transcript, fill out every scholarship that you can because who doesn't love free money? GO GET A PLANNER and stay on your ish. Work hard and play at the end! Your time will come and you will thank yourself for making your workload lighter. If you are currently are a senior or have already graduated, you can understand where I'm coming from. You only get one senior year in high school (if you're lucky LOL) so do it right so you can enjoy it!
Last April I officially began my journey in the retail world. My first official job was working at DSW. I love shopping there but boy did I hate working there. Your coworkers truly make a difference in your work experience. You can have the worst job but best coworkers and it can make the job so much more enjoyable and vice versa. You can have the best job and worst coworkers making the job more dreaded. Now don't get me wrong, my coworkers were so nice and entertaining but the managers were unorganized. There were four different managers. Everyone is different so of course you know what you can and cannot do depending on the manager who is working during your shift. However, certain expectations are just too high LOL.
From personal experience, I know when I go into a store I would like to be greeted then left alone to do my shopping. If I do have any questions I would just like for there to be employees floating around the store so I can easily grab one for assistance. One of the managers would quiz us on the people in our designated areas for the store asking questions like, "What is that person shopping for today, are they a rewards member, how much were they looking to spend, or what event were they were shopping for?" What customer wants to have that long of a conversation while shopping?!?! And why would you sign someone up for rewards on the floor and not the register? After working here for about a month, I was "fired" but not really fired because I had to call to see why I was not put on the schedule and that is how I found out.
Retail isn't all bad. Towards the end of the summer I started my current job at Dry Goods. I love all the girls I work with, it is much smaller than DSW. I know all my coworkers and we hang out outside of work. They make the already fun work environment even more enjoyable. Retail is not bad at all it can definitely be fun it just depends on where and who you work with. Working in retail definitely makes me shop soooo much more but it has forced me to dress outside the box. Overall I love my retail experience and feel it is help prepare me for owning my own boutique one day.