What Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide Didn’t Teach Us

An Op-Ed Contribution


Celeste Harp, Contributor

6 am rolls around and I sluggishly roll out of bed. I get up and go to the bathroom, brush my teeth, and all that fancy jazz. 7 am comes and I’m out the door and on my way to grab my first out of roughly ten cups of coffee, I’ll have. After my adventure to Dunkin Donuts, I finally pull up to school. I walk in nervously for what today could hold. The world could end, I could get assigned a paper, or even have a pop quiz, but I tell myself to worry about that when the time comes. Slowly sipping and enjoying my coffee first period comes and goes with caffeine coursing through my veins and I feel my body finally starting to wake up. Second period finally arrives and I slowly feel the urge to pee after I chugged the last half of my large vanilla iced coffee. I hold off and focus on my work. While working, I take a few sips of water so I don’t die later at Cross Country practice. These drops of water are not helping me feel any better about peeing. And soon halfway through second period, I can’t stand it anymore and I rush to the bathroom.

As I speedily walk through the 100 building into the 200 building I meet my saving grace. I walk in on the verge of tears when I’m faced with all the doors closed except one and I’ve never been more relieved in my entire life. As I approach the second stall I am soon stopped dead in my tracks gazing at a hole in the ground where there should be a toilet, but instead, there’s just towels shoved into this tiny hole. I silently scream and curse the juulers taking up the other stalls. After what feels like an eternity, a girl comes out of the stall with the smell of nicotine following in hot pursuit. I walk in and a few seconds later am relieved of all my pain. The day is slowly going by and every other class period I feel the need to use the restroom again but am unable to because it’s not passing period or lunchtime.

Now when passing period finally comes around, all the bathrooms are filled to maximum capacity, so once again I suffer through the pain. I’m never one to complain about school because I am thankful to be where I am and all, but if I had to fight for one thing it would be to have my simple right of using the bathroom. Now I understand the epidemic that is happening around the school but there should be another option instead of just shutting all the bathrooms till passing period. And it seems like no matter what we say, admin will just continue worrying about their own personal problems and not thinking of another way to fix this mess. Anyways as I am writing this, I am counting down the seconds and the fastest way out of this class and down to the bathroom. See you on the other side soldier.