It is that time of year again when seniors start talking about who will room together and which cheap hotel they will be cohabiting in. All the seniors in the class of 2014 will be packing their cars with swimming suits, pillows, suntan lotion and flip flops as they head to the Eastern Shore. Ocean City is the place where the sun is hot and the sand is like fire under your feet.
Students lean on their lockers between classes and make plans for their exciting vacation away from the glaring eyes of their parents. “I plan on staying in a motel with a couple of friends,” senior Tyler Ward said. For seniors, senior week represents celebrating the end of high school and the adventures of their next journey whether it is attending college, going into the military or working. Senior week has been described as the best time of your life.
During the day there is the hot beach and salty water to keep us occupied. At night there are plenty of parties to attend. The board walk is filled with seniors from high schools all over the state of Maryland. New friends are acquired as your group bounces from hotel to hotel. After a few days you realize that you are burning in the sun and wish you had put on suntan lotion. Then you realize that you fell asleep on the beach because you had not slept all night.
During the warm, muggy nights as you walk the board walk you notice an abundance of police officers. As the night gets later you notice people appear to be loud and disorderly. There is a realization that the police officers are there for your safety. Safety is the last words your parents preach to you as you leave on your senior trip. It is well known that during senior week some students end up in trouble. “I think it is going to be fine as long as you don’t act like a fool out in public and just keep it all under control,” Ward said.
This can be DUIs, drug arrests, alcohol-related injuries and fights. These events can change this memorable event into the worst time of your life. As my parents have always said to me: “Use your head and think.” “She is worried, but she also know I am a responsible kid. I think she trusts me enough to not do anything stupid,” Ward said. You can have a good time and still be responsible. As senior week is fast approaching, have fun and soak up the sun but most importantly be responsible.