He Said She Said

He Said She Said

There seems to be a lot more so-called “super seniors” on campus. What’s their deal? As an actual, first-time senior, am I supposed to respect them as my elders or what?

-A Real Senior

He Says

There can be many reasons that people decide to stay at Simpson for an extra year. Some may need to squeeze in a few more classes, some couldn’t get all their courses in four years, some are in the military and had to take time away from college and some may have flunked classes. One thing to keep in mind is that some students take the five- or six-year plan to college because they care more about drinking than classes, but that isn’t the case for everyone.

You don’t have to respect them as your elders. They are one year older. Elder refers to someone much older and wiser – not necessarily Simpson’s super seniors.

When I applied to Simpson, they told me that they wanted people to graduate in four years. So, if you want to respect them for going against the system, I guess you can do that.

Otherwise I wouldn’t worry about it.

-Carl Benskin

She Says

Treat fifth-year students, or “super seniors” as you would treat any student not from Central – respect them not as your elders, but as your peers. After all, each Simpson student has the same goal – to be on “Real World.” I mean, we all want to graduate and have successful careers. But how long it takes to get there varies for everyone.

Next time you run into a fifth-year student in class or at your apartment building ask what kept him or her coming back for more. Whatever the reason I’m sure the conversation will be interesting and you might end up making a friend. We all know you can never have too many of those.

When it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter if it’s your fourth or fifth year here. All seniors are super, not to mention fantastic, fun and amazing. Did I mention I was a senior too?

-Ashley Pitkin