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Prom vs AP exams

TUE.| 5-9-23 | OPINION

     Prom is one of the biggest events of the year for high school juniors and seniors. It is something that all upperclassmen at Rose look forward to and shows students that the end of the year is in sight. The theme of prom this year is “A Night in Athens” and it is shaping up to be a good one. However, some difficulties have arisen with the scheduling of the Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The first AP exams of the year are on Monday, May 1, only two days after prom. On this day,  the AP United States Government and Politics exam, the AP Chemistry exam and the AP Spanish Literature and Culture exams will be held. AP exams are generally taken by mostly upperclassmen. The problem with this is that a lot of students, especially seniors, are planning on going somewhere over the weekend after prom, myself included. Many people will be leaving town the whole weekend and a lot of them plan on skipping school on Monday as well. However, many students  will now have to

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Graphic by Jordyn Godwin

deal with stress and the time crunch of AP exams falling right after prom, leaving them with little to no time for studying. I have friends who are taking the AP Government exam on Monday who will have to miss out on their post-prom plans because of the exam timing. I think the school should have taken AP exams into account when they were scheduling when prom would be.

     It is understandable for this schedule to seem reasonable as exams begin two full days after prom will be held, but it is still a struggle with the majority of people planning trips for the weekend and having to worry about exams. Prom weekend is a time where upperclassmen should feel free of worry about classes or exams, and the AP exams are making that difficult. 

     This scheduling is also bringing forth another problem for students, especially seniors. Prom makes it very difficult to care about AP exams when they are in the way of something more enjoyable. I personally have struggled a lot with senioritis this year, and AP exams sort of just feel like one last obstacle to get around before graduation. Because of that, they’re already hard to care about, and having prom at the same time makes it even harder.

     Rose tends to struggle with scheduling events at bad times, and this is definitely one of those cases. Prom should be a time of fun and celebration as the school year comes to an end, and AP exams are putting a damper on the fun that could be had. Prom will still be enjoyable, but the exams can still cause stress that should not be present during a memorable event.

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