We’re coming to the end of the year. The seniors have already had their last day, and everyone else’s last day is approaching very soon. With this being the end of my junior year, reality is starting to hit. I’m going to be a senior in high school. I’m going to have to start applying to colleges. It’s scary to even think about, let alone actually do it.
Everyone always says the cliche line of “High school goes by really fast, so enjoy it.” As you go into your final year of high school, you realize that everyone has been right. Senior year is the year that you go to your last football game, your last homecoming, your last prom, your last night playing the sport you’ve grown up with. It’s a year full of many lasts, and my junior class is about to go through all of them. But what the people who say high school goes by really fast don’t say is that high school is a blip on the radar. We can’t let it consume us. High school is just the stepping stone into the rest of our lives. It’s where we can make mistakes and learn lessons, but we have to learn to let it go. As senior year is approaching, we have to remember that we are just one step closer to our future.
As us juniors step into our final year as a child, we feel the pressure of needing to be 100% prepared for our future. We don’t need to be though. You can have everything planned out and know exactly what you want to do, but I promise that that will change. I have two older siblings who had an idea of what they wanted to be in high school, but once they started experiencing life outside of this tiny school, their plans changed. They became adults. They learned how to experience life outside of the small bubble of Waynesboro. The seniors graduating now are going to get the chance to experience that, and we as juniors have one more year before we pop that bubble. There is no need to know exactly what you want to be. The only thing we have to know as we leave Waynesboro High School is that these four short years were only the beginning of what we are going to endure in the world.