The Senior’s Perspective: Week One

Will's Dino Escapade

Riding dinos like a boss.

Hey. I’m Will Opie, and I’m a Senior at Billings West High School. Here’s a few details about me:

  • I’m sixteen-years old. (I turn seventeen in a few weeks.)
  • I like to run, but I’m currently out of shape. I plan to run during the Fall and Winter to get in shape for Track.
  • I like tech stuff. Computers, phones, gadgets, video games, etc… it’s all good. I’m attempting to learn HTML, CSS, and XHTML so I can spruce up the blog and organize posts in a less chaotic way.
  • I love photography. I don’t have a legit DSLR yet, but I use a Kodak Z8612IS, which is basically an advanced point-and-shoot with manual features. I’m saving up for a Canon EOS Rebel.
  • I love to read. I also love to write.
  • I love music. I listen to mostly alternative music, but I also listen to hip-hop/rap, indie, rock, and other genres of music. As long as it isn’t classical or country, I’ll probably enjoy it. I also play guitar.
  • I work in retail at a nationwide department store. In that store, I work in the apparel section. It sucks. Enough said.
  • Currently, I plan to go to college in Missoula and major in Journalism or another English major. I’m considering a dual-major in Chemistry or another field of science as well.

So those are a few basic details about me. Let’s move on to this week…

Day One

1st period: AP ENGLISH

I’m not sure how I will like having AP English as my first class in the morning, but it can’t be much worse than having math first period (like last year). My teacher seems reasonably pleasant in comparison to some of my previous Honors English teachers (Goodman will still go down in history as the best English teacher ever for incorporating Monty Python and the Holy Grail into our curriculum), and I think this year will be enjoyable– assuming I don’t procrastinate the hell out of every assignment.

2nd Period: Human Anatomy

I’m really excited for this class. My teacher is awesome. I’m also excited to learn more about the body so that I can understand some of the medical-lingo that the rest of my family is already fluent in (My mom is an RN, my dad recently completed his EMT-certification for the emergency medical response crew at the refinery, and my sister is majoring in nursing at MSU-B).

3rd Period: AP Statistics

AP Stats looks like it might be a somewhat enjoyable math class in comparison to the previous courses I’ve had. It’s going to be difficult, but it probably won’t involve complex Algebra and trigonometry problems that drive me insane. My teacher for this class seems to be a very nice individual. I think I’m going to enjoy his class.

4th Period: Environmental Science

No, I did not magically become a hippie over the Summer vacation. I’m taking Environmental Science because I initially applied for Biology II and it was a course the school dropped due to low-enrollment (at least I think it was). This class seems really interesting though, and it sounds like we’ll be going on several field trips. I don’t really know a lot of people in the class though, so I did the “cool-kid-sitting-by-himself-near-the-front-of-the-class” routine today. (I think the messenger bag scared people away…) We also have new books for this class! Huzzah.

Lunch: SECOND LUNCH BITCHES! WOO! Jon, Anne, Megan, and I walked to lunch at Mickey D’s. We seen a crash on the way to the Golden Arches (the drivers of the cars involved will remain anonymous for two reasons: 1. I don’t know the other guys name, and 2. If I was in a wreck, I wouldn’t want someone announcing to the world “WILL OPIE TOTALLY EIGHTY-SIXED ANOTHER CAR!”).

5th Period: Genocide

This class is going to cover the major genocides and atrocities that have taken place throughout the world. I decided to take this class because I’ve heard that it is an amazing class to take and that it really expands your view of the world. I also had the instructor for this class in a previous course and I enjoyed his teaching-style. We’re going to be reading a book every six-weeks. I’m excited for this class, too.

Period 6: Kodiak

What a letdown. I expected the school newspaper to be a more organized operation then the chaotic mess I witnessed on Thursday. The instructor talked more about Marvel comics, movies, and her adventures at the Fair this Summer then the actual course. The class is also full of underclassmen (a few had neon highlights in their hair that would make you want to vomit) who seemed to be totally in tune with the chaotic, random, and totally off-topic environment. The entire time I was in the class I was thinking that it was a huge waste of time, and how it was making a complete joke of the importance of Journalism. I realize that it was the first day, and I never truly seen the class create an issue of the Kodiak, but I could already tell that the class was going to be a clusterfuck that would ultimately drive me to insanity. So shortly after the bell rang, I ran down to my counselor’s office and applied for Early Out. I no longer have a sixth period class, and I get out of West at 1:55 P.M. Hell yeah. Being a Senior kicks ass.

“Being a Senior kicks ass.”

Day Two:

I’m still diggin’ all of my classes and I’m excited for the year ahead. All of my teachers are awesome, and the current homework level is easy. Yes, it is only the second day, but I already have homework in four classes and I’m finding it quite manageable. Did I mention how awesome it is to get out early? I didn’t? Well it’s freaking awesome.

THE ASSEMBLY: The main event of today was the school assembly after third period. Every year, on the first Friday of the school year, the entire student body gathers in the gym for a pep-rally. And every year, the Senior class deafens the underclassmen with their boos and cheers. This year was no exception.

However, when the Freshmen begin to cheer for their class, half of the Seniors ran over to the Freshmen side of the gym and gave them love letters and paper hearts. Aside from scaring the Frosh to death when they seen 200 or so Seniors run toward them, the entire act was stupid. I’ll give it two points for “abstract creativity” and maybe another point for originality, but no more. It was pointless. There was nothing funny about it, aside from the giant sign that said, “We love Freshmen” on the side facing the faculty, and “We hate Freshmen!” on the side facing the Seniors. Let’s hope that the class of 2011 can redeem itself with a bitchin’ Senior prank.

After school, I went home, lazed around for a few hours, and then left for work. Retail sucks, kids. Remember that.

It’s 12: 15 A.M. on Saturday morning, and I’ve got a lovely 8 AM- 3 PM shift to work later today, so I’m going to hit the sack. I hope you enjoy the twentyeleven project, and leave us some feedback on how we’re doing! You’re the audience, and your feedback will help to shape our content into stuff you like.

Signing off, this is Will Opie. You stay classy, World Wide Web.

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