by CARINA JULIG | photo by Tyler McElhaney

Drawing to a Close

To many high school students, the month of May means AP testing. For the first two weeks in May, SDA students make their way to the Del Mar Fairgrounds to be tested in everything from environmental science to Spanish language and culture. The rewards for doing well are worthwhile: college credit and an impressive application – but they come at the price of weeks of study. Students and teachers start preparing as soon as they return from spring break, and it’s a hectic time, with the pressure to do well hovering over everyone’s head. Students rise to the occasion and once the tests roll around, everyone is in peak form. Pre-test jitters are still abound, but by and large students walk out of the test feeling more optimistic.

After AP testing, things calm down a little as classes wind down before school ends in June. Teachers give their last lessons of the year, and students complete their final projects and exams. There’s an excitement in the air that wasn’t there in the rush of spring.

It’s still hard for me to imagine that these are my final weeks here. SDA challenged me to work hard and not settle. It brought out the best in me and shaped my love of learning. I’m going to miss the familiarity of this school, but I can feel that it’s time to move on, and I know that SDA has well-prepared me for the next step in my future.


Carina Julig is a senior at San Dieguito Academy. She is participating in an internship program with 92024 Magazine.