Preparing for liftoff

I begin my final column of Growing Up Greenwich aboard JetBlue Flight B16 from SFO (San Francisco) to JFK airport. While more than slightly uncomfortable with my back at an 80-degree angle, I write this column while reflecting upon cross-country travel, finishing junior year and my future.

This is only my second time flying alone so I was nervous when boarding this flight. But, as I write this column, however, I realize that solo travel will be a reality soon when I board the vessel carrying me to graduation, college and the real world.

This month, I became a senior. Yes, really. I still cannot get over the fact that I will be entering my last year of high school come September. While that in and of itself likely presents a daunting cyclone of tests, applications, résumés, essays, interviews and much more, senior year is also the gateway to the beginning of my new life.

At this time next year, I will be preparing to head to somewhere completely new. It will be a new step braced with many new challenges. Yet, I know that I can handle it because of the preparation and advice bestowed upon me by advisers, my school community, my travel experiences, my friends and, most importantly, my family.

While senior year will be defined by laborious work, it will also be a chance to spend time getting to see the world outside of our high school walls.

We will begin to get a taste of the “real world,” opening our eyes to the fact that Greenwich, while a large community, is very small on the map.

At Sacred Heart, seniors have the freedom to arrange their academics somewhat. We can gear our education toward our own personal interests, preparing to discover potential majors and careers. This summer, many rising seniors will take steps toward independence. We will undertake internships, perform community service, try real-life job experiences, and taste a bit of freedom. I am excited to continue reporting and writing as an intern-journalist this summer for the Post.

Writing the Growing Up Greenwich column this year has helped me to prepare for this new world. I have read Maggie’s, Henry’s and Chris’s works and felt comforted knowing that all of us feel similarly about the stresses of high school and the anxieties of letting go of our Greenwich lives.

We have been chronicling our lives for an entire year and this has given us the opportunity to reflect on what we already know. We know that we are willing to share our thoughts with Greenwich.

We know that we can survive the upper class years of high school. And we know that we can, and in fact, will thrive in this new world because we have each been given the opportunity of an outstanding education.

And this is all we can hope for as we prepare for liftoff is to achieve a future that is bigger than we could have ever dreamed.

 

Sarah Jackmauh is a rising senior at Convent of the Sacred Heart.

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