Goodbye from Our Seniors: Free at Last – Sort Of

May 5, 2016

Culture, News, The Zoetics

As seniors begin wrapping up their last few days as ASK Scholars, we asked a few of them to leave some parting words of wisdom for the underclassmen. Below, Nick Newton reflects on life after ASK.

Read Devon Blanchard’s letter here.

Read Sadina Tarbox’s letter here.

Read Johanna Poirier’s letter here.

Read Marilyn Cope’s letter here.

Read Cole Feltman’s letter here.

Read Quinton Valencia’s letter here.


Life after high school; a life we all talk and dream about. A life that seems so far and unreachable. After being yelled at and told what to do for 18 years, I never imagined how it might feel for those dreams to come true:  Not having to go to school or worry about coming home at a certain time; having more freedom than we should ever be allowed,  and not even knowing what to do with it.

I have big dreams to fill every day with fun things to do with my friends after graduation; all of these crazy things we all say we are going to do, knowing that we will never actually do it; we just say it in passing. Then reality hits, as we realize that all of those plans are ridiculous and won’t work out, and after graduation, many of us will probably find ourselves sitting on the couch by ourselves, bored out of our minds.

After graduation, for the first couple of days, we will make fun of all the kids that are still in high school. When that gets boring, the whole “reality” thing comes into play. For me, I hope I have plans and work a lot,  so that I’m not bored all summer.

Come June, I will be leaving on a church mission for two years. I hate to say that it makes me nervous or scared, but it does a little. The rules will be strict and I will have little freetime once again. I will have no contact with my friends or anyone but my parents, whom  I can only e-mail once or twice a month. That doesn’t bother me too much, I am more concerned about when I return, trying to catch up with everything like TV shows, current events, and friends. I won’t know if one of them got married or went to college far far away.

When I return from my mission, I will head off to college in Rexburg, Idaho.  I will again be at a new school — one with a lot of women — and back to not knowing anyone again. I know the rules are more strict in college, but I will once again have freedom, and that will be weird. But it will be fine; most of us in the class of 2016 will adapt, and help society progress.

Nicholas Newton

Senior heading to BYU-I



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