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Last Days of High school

时间:2007-4-21栏目:英语论文

by Jennifer Craft
    It is April in the United States ,the time of year whenmost of our public schools (k-12)h ave their Spring Breaks (注:Spring Breaks 春假). Spring Break is a week's vacationduring
    the second semester(注:semester
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    n.(主美)学期)15~18星期))of each school year.Studentslook forward to it as it is seen a s a time of fun, a timefor hanging out (注:hang out[俚]闲荡)with your friendsor tak ing a road trip.This is especially true for those whosetime in school is nearing an end ,that i s ,the seniors. AfterSpring Break,they will only have a month and a half or so ofclasses left
    before they finish this level of education andmove onto the rest of their lives, be it colle ge or family orcareer.This is an exciting and bittersweet(注:bittersweet
    附图{图}adj.又苦又甜的,又苦又乐的) time for these people.SpringBreak is also the beginni ng of saying good-bye to childhoodand childhood friends, though few seniors would st illconsider themselves children.
    Many seniors take a road trip for their last Spring Break.This means that they hop(注:hop
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    vi. [口]跳上(汽车), 得到(搭乘)) in a car withsome friends and driver somewh ere, often somewhere warm ifthey live in the north where it's been cold and snowy forsome m onths.Florida is a popular destination(注:destination
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    n.目标,目的(地)). During this time,they will hang outwith their friends, go to parties ,and meet new people.It's aperiod of relaxation(注:relaxation
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    n. 放松, 松驰) before the final push to finish their basic education. Then again, fo r some seniors,it marks theserious onset(注:onset
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    n.开始)of something that teachers call "senioritis ."Thisis not a real disease(注:disease
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    n. 疾病), but it is a word that describes(注:describe[dis`kraib]vt.描写,描述) a group
    of problems seen in many seniors in their last days in school. The main issue isa lack
    of desire to do anything other than have fun.Schoolwork becomes less and less importan t.After Spring Break, there are a couple of other activities that occur forseniors only.A t the high school I attended, we had a seniorbreakfast. This was a gathering of all the seniors in theschool for a breakfast. Some teachers came,too.At this event,we gave out awards on which the senior class had voted.These awards included "Best Smile "and "Most Likely to S ucceed,"among others.Each school has its own set of special awards.Another event for seniors
    only is called "Senior Skip Day." In some schools, this is an official event, one which t

heschool administration OKs.In others,it is not .This is a daywhen all the seniors skip(注: skip[skip]n.[口] 有意缺席)school . " To skip school" means not to come to school , to be abse nt. I think it is fairly obvious why some schooladministrations might not OK this activ ity. There is anotheractivity that,in some schools, is for seniors only, but inothers it may be for seniors and juniors or for all students.

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