I finally have graduated high school! The day I have looked forward to for many years is finally over, and I am not sure how to feel about it now that it has come and gone. Ever since I was a freshman seeing all the seniors and how much they looked forward to leaving high school for good, I have wanted the same thing. I have wanted to get out of this small town and move on to someplace bigger and better. I finally am at that point in my life, and I have no idea how I feel about it.
The graduation ceremony was great. All I could think about through the whole thing was, “Will I ever see these people again?” and, “Wow, I can’t believe I’m never coming back here.” Of course I know I will see the people who are my closest friends, but the ones I saw every day and just might not have been as close with, I know I probably won’t see again. I grew up with those people and was so used to seeing them and talking to them every day; now I have to get used to a whole new crowd. I was so comfortable with them. We made each other who we are today. They each helped me through the toughest time of my life, and for that I am forever grateful to them. It’s crazy to think I will never have to go back to school there. It’s one of the craziest feelings, but it’s also the best feeling ever. To know I have accomplished this is a great feeling.
Everyone always tells you when you’re young that you should never rush through life because it goes by so fast. No one ever listens when we hear those words; we normally do just the opposite. Now that I’m completely finished with high school, I’m starting to see where people are coming from when they say that. It doesn’t feel like very long ago that I was walking into my first day of high school. It’s crazy how fast time flew by, and in a way I wish it wouldn’t have.
My advice for anyone in high school would be this: Don’t rush through it. I know everyone says this, but it is so true. Senior year isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It’s very stressful and comes with so much pressure. One day you’ll be a scared freshman, and the next you’ll be a stressed-out senior with what feels like a million decisions to make. High school might feel like the worst time of your life, but make the best out of it. You only get to go once in your life. Most importantly, have fun, try your best, and listen to people when they say to never rush through life.
I am so ready to start fresh in the fall, but I am also very nervous. I won’t have the same people around, or the same anything. I will have to get used to a whole new way of life, and I am so ready for it. I can’t wait to start at Xavier. It will be a completely new start, and I am so excited for it.