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I guess you could say I’m happy to be a senior. I’m excited for graduation. I’m excited for college. I’m excited for new beginnings.

   It is bittersweet knowing that these are my lasts as my senior passes by. It’s been my last pep rally and football game and soon it will be my last time directing myself through A building traffic.

   Despite the sadness, it will come inevitably, and I’ve made it my mission to enjoy it will I can, to be happy in the moments before I walk across the stage. Through 4 years of hard labor, essays, and CAS (shout out to my IB kids out there), we’ve made it. We made it through the monotonous days of terrible cafeteria food and restricted dress code. We’ve made it past the institution that gave us a lack of freedom we needed to mature and grow.

   It’s strange to see how much I’ve grown since freshmen year and how there are things I did and said that I never would do now. For the people that have entered and left my life and the people that have influenced me to be who I am today, you are all important. Whether I’m still angry with you or maybe you’re still angry with me, I can’t deny the fact that those were the events that made me grow, and I don’t regret them. And for the people that have built me up and have empowered me, thank you.

   So yes, it’s bittersweet that we’re about to go. Say goodbye to friends and family, give unsolicited advice to the underclassmen and juniors below you, and take a deep breath and get ready to take your last step on campus. Revel in the sadness, accept the future nostalgia, and appreciate the last moments you have.

“That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But, it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.” -Charles Dickens (Great Expectations)