Commentary Student Life

Reality Check


By Abby Bishop

Everyone tells you to appreciate every moment of your senior year and that it flies by. Everyone thinks it’s a cliche and that it isn’t actually as big of a deal as everyone lets on. But take it from me:  one day, in about April, you will wake up (probably not literally because seniors tend to wake up late and have to rush around to get ready so there is really no time for philosophical thought).

You’ll realize that you aren’t really sure where September went and how in the world graduation is in 18 days. Then, you’ll remember all of the things you did and didn’t do and you’ll wish you had or hadn’t done some of them. The sport or club you were involved in will slowly start dwindling away and the activity you loved for the four years you spent here won’t be a major part of your life anymore.

Prom is in six days, you still have no idea how you want to do your hair, and it’s almost like you don’t care. You do, but with graduation so close, you aren’t really focused on anything but strutting across that stage and shaking the hand of your principal. Your motivation has dwindled to a solid 8% and in all honesty, it’s dropping every day.

If you’re like me, and chances are that you are very similar, you will get to the point where it takes everything in you to roll out of bed 10 minutes before you are supposed to leave your house and you will lose track of how long it has been since you did homework at home. (Special “sorry” message to all of my teachers.) Then, in about April, with only a few more days of school before finals and graduation, you will realize that maybe you aren’t as excited to graduate as you once believed yourself to be and you will get emotional when your teammates have their first practice of the season without you. You will realize that you don’t want to say goodbye to the people that have made your senior year better and that went to baseball games and to eat Mexican food with you. It’ll be a weird feeling. Knowing that you are about to be done with high school and that you are moving on and everyone else (mostly) is moving on too.

So what even is all the hype for senior year if all of these things happen? Why does everyone look forward to it? Why even bother doing anything if you’ll just miss it all eventually? Senior year is your chance to figure out who you want to be and who you are. Not everyone does, and that is really sad. You should strive to put yourself around people that build you up and make you a better person. You should try to decide what you can see making you happy for the rest of your life, not just what will make you rich; because let’s be real:  not everyone will be rich, but everyone can be happy.

Your future, like your senior year, is what you make it. You get to decide what you want to do and how you want to do it. You get to be the author of your own story. Why do something because someone else wants you to or doesn’t want you to or whatever other ridiculous reason you may think up.

On the subject of failing:  you’re going to. It’s a fact of life. It’s that simple. But what matters is how you handle that failure. If you get knocked down, staying down proves and solves nothing. Get back up. No one was ever successful by giving in after they failed. Being afraid of failure doesn’t get you anywhere.

You can’t focus on the negative. You have to keep your head up and keep going. Things are not always going to go your way, but take comfort in the fact that your best days haven’t even happened yet. Find yourself and find things and people that make you happy. You get to decide.

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