This past Friday marked the last day of high school examinations, not just for this year, but actually for the rest of my entire life. But that wasn’t even the most momentous part.
More importantly than ending my career in high school tests, it means that despite the sub-10-degree weather and snow on the ground, that it was the first official day of “senior spring.” What does this condition mean, you might ask? Well with midterms done and all early and regular college applications in, it means that seniors can finally relax and enjoy the remaining 92 days (including vacation and weekends) until we graduate.
Last month I talked about the irresolute nature of resolutions, but with graduation looming over us like a headline for a perpetually neglected term paper, there is no time for procrastination.
As seniors it is imperative that we take full advantage of every moment and opportunity because, after all, senior spring only comes once.
Senior spring for GA students means a lot of things. For once, it is legal for us to ditch our traditional collared shirts and wear flip-flops to school. We can even skip assemblies and sleep in until our first classes. Then of course there are the bigger things to focus on like finding a graduation dress, spring break, and proms. Holding all these milestones and privileges together is the strength of the bonds with your fellow classmates.
For years my friends and I have fantasized about the day we graduate. Some already know exactly what their dress is going to look like and how they’re going to style their hair. It’s a moment we’ve all been eagerly anticipating for years. We can all agree that we’re excited for what comes next. There’s college, where we will first experience living on our own with a life closer to the “real world” and that’s exciting, but not everyone will admit that they’re sad to be leaving so much behind.
The fact of the matter is, no matter how ready you are to leave a place there will be a part of you that will want to hold onto it forever. This is especially true for high school. I have felt impatience creeping up on me for some time now, but now that I have officially passed the hundred-day mark, I’ll admit I’m starting to wish for a way to slow it all down.
Graduates will always tell you how fast this year goes by. To me, this year already feels short and January to May is supposedly a complete blur. It seems like last week that I was attending my first homecoming dance and eagerly awaiting getting my permit. Where’d the past three and a half years go?
It’d be easy to get sentimental now, but I’ll save that for when I’m wearing my white gown on May 23. From now until then, I want to make sure that I leave high school behind with zero regrets.
Julie Kukral is a senior at Greenwich Academy.