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To my Seniors
By Gabi Harris
This is the happiest time of year. As a senior in high school, I can say these last few months have been the most difficult. Not because of course work or anything like that, but solely because of how close I am to graduating from high school. School days consist of people counting down the days and people trying to support their head weight up in fear of collapsing and passing out in class from pure exhaustion. This year has been one for the books, and I can say that my senior year in high school was probably the best year of my life. I did many activities I never thought I’d participate in and met amazing people along the way of my journey. As school comes to an end and graduation draws closer and closer, I find myself getting more stressed with having to figure out plans for graduation and the whole fiesta.
With graduation, there’s not much stress besides making sure your family members all have a ticket to see you successfully walk (and hopefully not fall) down the stage in front of 3,000 people. Also attire is a big one and it’s important to make sure you look your best before you see all of your classmates for the last time (until your high school reunions in 2023!). My opinion on graduation is to keep it simple and keep it comfortable! You’re going to be at your venue for a while and if stilettos aren’t your go-to shoe, I wouldn’t choose this day to learn how to use them! (If you like stilettos, then that’s absolutely up to you)! A simple outfit and shoe can go a long way and probably will be a lot less painful. As usual I purchased my graduation outfit much earlier than I needed to, but it’s always great to be extremely detail-oriented and ahead of time with just about everything.
Yearbooks, end of the year activities galore! Don’t miss out on these activities – I promise you will not regret them! Spending these last couple of weeks with your senior class will always be remembered, as corny as that sounds. Participate in more activities, go to the last games at your high school, get your yearbook signed by a teacher you had and tell her how awesome she was! You’ll never get the time back that you had in high school and you don’t want to regret wasting your last couple of weeks. My school has multiple senior activities to bring our class closer before we all part separate ways across the world! If your school doesn’t have activities planned, suggest some or just gather some people up and make your own senior activities! It can be bowling, mini-golfing, go-cart racing, or going to a theme park. Honestly just pick whatever it is that can be a great time to be spent with your friends.
Leaving high school is definitely bittersweet. Cherish the special moments that you spent in high school with your friends and possibly even your teachers! So Congratulations Class of 2015! You did it! Through the nights of no sleep to pass the test the next day to the heartaches of high school in general, you did it!
Gabrielle Harris is a senior at Wellington High School. She is involved in the Quidditch team, Key Club, and is the social media and news editor for the WHS Wave school newspaper. She hopes to study mass communications in college and aspires to someday tell her travel stories to the world.
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