By Jimmy Gilmartin ‘23

My senior year at Brother Rice definitely was not how I expected it to be. I quickly learned that it is only a myth that “you do nothing your senior year.” I had been told my entire life how easy senior year was and I guess I overestimated how much work I’d still be doing. After only the first few weeks of school, I was ready to be done.

Despite all the unexpected schoolwork I was doing, I had a great schedule my senior year. I was in classes with a lot of my friends and I got all of the teachers I had hoped to get. This allowed me to get through those tough first months of school.

The hardest part of the year was dealing with applying to colleges while still balancing the weight of my schoolwork. During this time, I really began to wonder when I’d be able to relax and be done with school.

I attended Kairos 161 in December. It was a great experience and helped me regain my focus in the classroom. After coming back from winter break, I thought we must be done doing work in our classes, but I was still wrong.

I grinded through the winter months, and once spring came around, I finally started to enjoy my senior year.

I have spent this past month having a great time at school, talking to as many friends as possible. This has made me remember all of the great times I had going to sporting events, dances, messing around with people in school, and hanging out with friends on the weekends.

There are many important things I learned throughout my four years, such as getting to know everyone, having a good work ethic, and not getting caught up in everything that’s going on around you.

The year flew by even faster than I imagined, and I will definitely miss my time at Brother Rice.