Attention all George Mason seniors, the moment we have all been waiting for is finally here. That's right, the infamous “map” has finally appeared in the lobby of the school. If you are graduating this year, then you are just as excited as I am with this arrival. This annual tradition draws attention from more than just seniors-- underclassmen and faculty can be seen crowded at the map.
“I think the senior map is exciting because I’m able to see where my friends are going off in the world. It's also exciting because it lets me know that soon, that will be me on that map!” said, junior Keiyonta Tyler.
For those of you not at Mason or just unfamiliar with this “map,” let me explain it to you in the best way possible.
This is no ordinary map of the United States. This map holds more than just pictures of seniors and logos of schools. The map in the lobby, labeled “Where in the World will you be next year?” is the symbol of all of the hard work, dedication, and long hours of studying that students have put in their entire high school career to make it to their final senior year and move on to college or university.
As seniors start to hear back from their schools, the question of “where is everyone going next year” is a topic of most people's conversations. This “map” provides the visual answer to this question. Once a senior has decided where they are officially going, they can, proudly, pin their senior picture and the logo of the school to the city where their university is located. This allows other students and faculty to gawk at the seniors’ accomplishments while also allowing seniors, themselves, to proudly boast at what their hard work for the past four years has achieved for them. The map in itself is a representation of what we all strive for as a high school.
“[The map] represents only the beginning to a possibility of wonders” said, senior Hans Olson.
As of the date of publication of this article, the map is barren, due to most college decisions having not been made yet, but that is to be expected. Most seniors will not hear back from the colleges they applied to until around early April, and then final decisions are not due until May 1, known as “Decision Day.” Be prepared that once this date has passed, the map will flourish with senior pictures and logos to colleges and universities across the country, and even some out of the country.
For seniors, once you have made a final decision on the college or university you will be attending in the fall, make sure to see Mrs. Judy Bracken, our college and career specialist. There you will be able to receive the necessary materials to pin your face on the map.
Until then, all we can do is anxiously wait for the first, second, third, and then entire senior class to post where in the world they will be next year.
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