Wondering what’s next

I’m still not exactly sure how to respond when people ask me how it feels to have graduated.

I thought that after having been graduated for almost a month now the reality of being done with high school would have hit me. But to be honest, I still have no clue how I feel.

“Senior Spring” may be a blur, but nothing compares to the few weeks after graduation. I thought that the weeks leading up to graduation were busy with final dress fittings, rehearsals, award assemblies and school mandated self-defense classes, but these past few weeks have been the busiest weeks of my life.

We have had so many graduation parties, barbecues, and lunches that I have barely had time to breathe.

It’s weird because it hasn’t even set in yet that in less than three months I will be heading off to college, which will present unprecedented change in my life. Northwestern is on the quarter system, so while most of my friends will be heading off to school mid-August, I do not leave until Sept. 15.

The anticipation is killing me, but, I won’t lie, I am a little nervous. Luckily, I found a roommate through Facebook and mutual family friends, so that’s one less thing to worry about. Living on my own is going to be a huge adjustment, but I’m a pretty independent person so I know that after a few weeks of dorm life I will have it down.

What I’m most worried about is time management. In high school, especially at Greenwich Academy, how you spend your time is more or less not in your control. I had to sign in every morning at the same time and couldn’t leave until my mandatory afternoon activities were done. And once I got home, there was little time to relax with multiple hours of homework.

Even now after graduation, school-related events still dictate my time. Next year, I will have ten times more free time in my life and a million more distractions. For once in my life, how I balance my curriculars and extracurriculars will be entirely in my control. While I’ve always been an excellent multitasker, I have a tendency to overdo it.

Some call this FOMO: Fear of Missing Out. There are so many things that I am interested in that I can’t bear to not be involved in all of them. This will definitely be the biggest challenge next year for me and also for other people coming from schools like Greenwich Academy where we really haven’t had much free time ever.

While the thought of this is daunting, I can’t think of a better problem to have than having too many opportunities and too little time. Four years of high school went by fast, and I can only imagine how these next four years of my life will be. I look forward to this fall with the perfect combination of excitement and nerves.

As things settle down in the coming weeks as people go off to travel or start work, I will take this summer to mostly relax in preparation for the whirlwind of events this fall.


Julie Kukral is now a graduate of Greenwich Academy and will attend Northwestern University in the fall.

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