The Sat. after

Laura Yang

Students forced to decide between studying for the SAT and going to the Homecoming game

Homecoming has always been a time of many decisions for students. On top of all the drama that comes with Homecoming, this year students are faced with another decision: whether to take the SAT or to go to the homecoming football game.

This year, the SAT date falls on Oct. 10, the day after the homecoming game and the day of the dance. Many seniors are disappointed at the turnout as they are forced to make the choice between attending their homecoming game and resting well for their last attempt at the SAT.

"I guess it’s just the way priorities work out," senior Delia Li said. "I really wanted to go [to the homecoming game], but at the same time, I need this score to get into the college that I want."

Juniors have also expressed annoyance with the inconvenience caused by the timing as they may be missing the last homecoming float parade. As a result, some juniors have chosen to forgo the October SAT in favor of a later testing date.

“I was originally supposed to [take the SAT in October],” junior Tracy Zhang said. “I signed up for it and was studying according to the October schedule, but after reviewing what Homecoming week was going to look like, I bumped it back to November.”

Despite stereotypes of MVHS being a solely academic school, many students will choose to support their school and show their spirit at the game.

“There are multiple test dates. Missing one of them will not hurt you,” junior Yeshar Hadi said. “When you look back on life, you will regret not going to your Homecoming Game and going to the SAT instead.”

Beyond the issue of school spirit, both Zhang and Hadi decided to skip the October test altogether due to their concern that they will not be rested adequately for the test.

“I am a class officer so it is kind of crazy for me to go and take the SAT right after the night of [the game],” junior Yeshar Hadi said. “That’s just murder.”

Getting enough rest was also a concern for junior Andrew Shiah, though he came to a different decision. He most likely will not be attending the game, so he can prepare for the SAT.

“If I did poorly on the test and went to the game, I would regret that more, so in a sense I might not go to the game because of that,” Shiah said.