I was sitting at graduation, next to the boy I had a huge crush on my 5th grade year, listening to the speeches and clapping and smiling, and still not really feeling like a senior. Most of my friends are underclassmen, so while I spent this year applying to colleges, they weren't even thinking that far ahead. On top of that, I look like a sophomore, and underwent no overwhelming transition into my adult life. And on top of that my last day of school was spent sitting in half-empty classrooms, because everyone else was at AP tests, turning in my textbooks, taking a survey about applying to college, and then walking out of the band doors all dramatically, only to realize I had forgotten an important piece of paperwork, so I had to drive home and come back and then walk out for the last time all alone. So that super sucked. And having to continue studying for AP tests that I'm taking after graduation has also been a real bummer. So it didn't really hit me that I was a senior, because there was no final moment, there was no bell to signal our freedom, no big race out to the parking lot cheering and throwing our assignments, no classroom parties where we passed around yearbooks and said goodbyes. We all just filtered out, slowly but surely, and then showed up at graduation. So then it hit me, when people started filing up to go to receive their diplomas that this was all real, and I was a senior, and after today I was no longer tied to my dear old high school, and I was free to move on as an alumni.
And I just couldn't stop smiling, because I was so excited, I am so excited, to be done with high school and move on towards a bright future. My high school career was awesome. I made so many good friends, spent my time doing what I loved with the people I loved, learned a lot, worked hard, achieved great things, and learned a lot about who I am fundamentally, and what more I have to learn about who I want to be.
My brother's advice that he gave to me when he graduated high school is the same advice I'll give to you today. Have fun. High school is just another part of your life. It shouldn't be made into a bigger deal than anything else you do, so relax, enjoy it, and become your best self. And keep reading this blog. That's my other bit of advice to give to you.
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