Goodbye From Our Seniors: You Can’t Get the High School Experience Back

May 10, 2016

Culture, News

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. Quinton Valencia speaks of that odd feeling of it being finally over.

Read Devon Blanchard’s letter here.

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Read Nicholas Newton’s letter here.

Read Johanna Poirier’s letter here.

Read Marilyn Cope’s letter here.

Read Cole Feltman’s letter here.

High school is really crazy when you think about it. It’s the last step from childhood to adulthood, with all the scholars fitting somewhere in between. I know now, that 9th grade me is so different from current me. Changes occur, most of which you don’t notice until they’ve already gone into effect. It’s a little scary to consider that the person walking in the door is vastly different than the one walking out of it.
9th grade was tough. I have issues remembering much of it, probably because I didn’t talk very much. It’s difficult making that switch from middle school to high school; I was timid and unsure how to act. It didn’t help that many of my classmates already knew one another, while I didn’t know anybody. Luckily, the next years were better.
10th grade was cool. 11th grade was decent. Though, senior year has to be my favorite by far. There was a sense of excitement and apprehension, since it was the last year of high school. The future seemed to weigh upon everyone, regardless of their plans post-high school. Plus, better things happened this year as I prepared for the next step.
If I had a chance to change something, I think I would be a bit less awkward and a bit more adventurous. My grades would have survived me taking a few chances, and you forget that once high school is over, you can’t do it over again. At ASK, I was given a rare opportunity to be the person I was, without the usual hurdles of public school. You don’t appreciate that until it’s gone.
I think high school is meant for finding out about yourself. Of course, there’s classes, grades, friends, etc. but a good portion of that won’t follow you through the rest of your life. Sure, a high ACT score gives you the option to go to a nice college, but it’s more important to figure out if you even want to go to college.
By the end of it, you kind of miss it. Maybe not your math class, but the atmosphere and the consistency. For 12 years, you go to school. That’s your duty, your job if you will. There’s something to be said about that. I went in today to pick something up and I felt a way I never had before. The feeling of not belonging, almost nervous to enter the door of my school. I guess that’s part of growing up. I still have friends there, teachers I liked, but I don’t personally belong there anymore. It’s an odd feeling. Then again, it’s also liberating. The freedom of no longer worrying about petty gossip, homework, people… The list goes on.
If I have any advice, it is to just live through it. It won’t happen again, for better or worse. Enjoy it while you can.
Quinton Valencia
Former Catalyst columnist


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