That’s All Folks!


Being in school for over a decade teaches you a lot more than academic studies. The thought of school tends to make most people groan, but I think there have been a lot of ups and downs along the way that helped me to learn to appreciate school for what it is-despite the misery. 

I had so many good moments throughout the past 12 years, but this year has been one of my favorites. Transferring schools brought me new friends, new opportunities, and the coolest newspaper team I could have ever asked to be a part of. It hurts having to learn to say goodbye to so many incredible moments, but I will forever cherish them in my memories. 

Of course, along with the good came the bad. So many tears shed over late-night assignments and failed tests, so much effort put into pleasing the system’s demands, and an imperceivable amount of late assignments. Senioritis is so, so, so real. I can barely stand school anymore, honestly, but I’m learning how to be efficient even without motivation.

Despite that, I’m still trying my hardest to enjoy my last moments in school because I know I’m going to miss it. I get teary-eyed when I think of my younger self and how far I’ve come, and I know that I’ll never get the opportunity to be around so many of my friends daily ever again. It’s such a bittersweet feeling, but I’m so happy that I learned how to find friends that will last a lifetime.

That being said, I am still so ready for it all to be over. I’m excited for even more new opportunities and experiences to come, despite not yet coming to terms with leaving high school. I want to learn about the adult world now, and I can only hope life after high school is as wonderous and surreal as I imagine it.

So many people have made my last year so great for me. This year more than ever I’ve felt truly cared about by the people around me. I have an incredible newspaper team who make every day so fun because they are beyond entertaining, and it’s ran by one of the sweetest teachers I’ve ever had, Mrs. Kidder. All of my teachers this year have been kind and lenient which is incredibly helpful to my horrible, everlasting spiral of senioritis. Mrs. Riggins especially has empowered me to keep going as she’s always there for me and she makes class feel like a celebration daily. I also couldn’t be happier with the friends I have, I’m confident that a lot of them are going to stick around for much longer than high school. And I couldn’t have made it through this year if it weren’t for my family who have cheered me on this whole time. 

All of this is to say that school may be a pain, especially the high school experience, but I’ll miss it with all of my heart and I don’t think anything can replace it. If I’m being honest, I couldn’t write this without shedding a tear or two. The past thirteen years went by in the blink of an eye, and I hope if I can share any message it’s this:

Enjoy it while it lasts, be nice to teachers, and don’t forget to let yourself have fun along the way, too!