Dear Incoming Seniors,

Saturday, July 04, 2015

You've made it.

If you're like me then you've wanted to be a senior since the day you set foot on campus. Everyone says that high school flies by, but  the 4 years in high school seem more like 4 million years, and this one year standing between you and freedom seems eternal. You're ready for college and living on your own and calling your own shots, but time seems to pass agonizingly slow.

Then you start to realize that days are long, but life is short. 

It's your last first day of high school. You didn't buy school supplies because why would a senior need a pencil or paper? You laugh at the uncomfortable freshmen as they nervously make their way around campus and consider skipping first period for a breakfast run. It's your last year here. You have 10 long months of chaotic hallways between periods and 8 hour school days.

Then you start to realize that days are long, but life is short. 

You're now the captains of sports teams and the presidents of clubs and the kings of campus (this one is arguable). You're trying to live in the moment and enjoy your last year in high school, but at the same time, you have to start planning your future. You're filling out applications and taking the SAT for the last time. You talk to your college counselor more than your parents and practically live at school. You mail your college applications and go to your last Homecoming.

It's a little bittersweet as you start to realize that days are long, but life is short.

Suddenly, there's no more pre-game pep talks. The football stadium lights are off, and the basketball court is empty. The volleyball net is now in storage, and the soccer balls are locked away until next season. The loud and crowded student sections are empty and silent. Pre-game pep talks and post-game celebrations in the locker rooms are just memories. You'll never wear your lucky number on a jersey in high school again. 

You start to realize that days are long, but life is short.

You sit around the dinner table with your family at Thanksgiving and open presents under a decorated tree at Christmas. Relatives bombard you with questions like where are you going to college? what are you majoring in? what do you want to do with your life? You feel terribly unsure, but as acceptance letters begin to arrive in the mail, your uncertainty becomes excitement. You don't know where you'll be a year from now, but you can't wait to be there.

But suddenly you've rented a tux or bought a formal gown for your last prom. Your mom is already mentally decorating your future dorm room, and your grandparents are making plans to come down for graduation. May 1st is rapidly approaching, and you're still unsure of where you want to go to college. Your tan from your last spring break in high school has faded, and you have a fitting for your graduation robes on Saturday.

You start to realize that days are long, but life is short. 

Finally, it's graduation day. You're wearing a robe that's your school's colors (which, depending on your school colors, can be really cool or really disgusting) and a square cap that is less than flattering. To make matters worse, you have to wake up at an ungodly hour just to rehearse for this event that you've been anticipating for 4 eternal years. 

But suddenly you're walking in pairs down an aisle and receiving a piece of paper that's not actually your diploma (because they mail it to you now). You're driving away with your high school in the rearview mirror, and you're never going to walk on campus again as a student. Your sentences start to begin with "When I was in high school..", and when you see a familiar face a few years down the road, you tell your new friends that "I went to high school with them."

You start to realize that days are long, but life is short.

You might be that person who has thrived in high school. The person who lives for school dances and parties and home football games and pep rallies. You might be the person who has hated every second spent in classrooms that smell like floor cleaner and pencils. You might have spent these last 4 years feeling alone in a room full of people. You might be that person who has been eagerly waiting for the next chapter of your life to begin. 

But suddenly that new chapter has begun, and you realize that you're closer to being 20 than you are to being 10. Suddenly you'll never hear your dad's keys in the door when he gets home from work or smell your mom's coffee when you wake up. It seems like you're doing everything for the last time, and suddenly you don't seem so ready for it all to end. 

One day you're 18 and making plans for someday. You never think that someday will come, but suddenly today is that day. Ready or not, you're on your way. You think about those days that you thought would never end, and it hits you that days are long, but life is short.

Enjoy every long minute of senior year. Enjoy the school dances that you dread. Enjoy the crowded hallways and the suffocating rules.

Because one day it's here and then it's gone.



"What's comin' will come, and we'll meet it when it does." -Hagrid

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  1. Katherine, I simply love you and your posts. I really wish I could write like you. I just graduated high school too, and I can identify with everything in this post. It really touched me - and I am not lying when I said I almost had tears in my eyes. Because I already miss high school and my friends. Well, not the long days, but the social life there. So it is wonderful you remind people to enjoy each and every moment. I certainly didn't enjoy it enough.
    Also the line "You start to realize that days are long, but life is short" is just perfect. Sums up high school!
    Sorry for the long comment - I just wanted you to know that I love your posts :)
    Love, Josefine

    1. First off, I can't wait to hear about all the great things you do after high school. You looked gorgeous graduating (and wearing that awesome hat), and I KNOW there's so much in store for you. I think we'll both miss so many things about high school, but I do know that there's so much to look forward to. As Taylor Swift says, "It's the end of a decade but the start of an age." And on an off note, I also love your posts and want to meet you so you can teach me how to take pictures like the ones of your gorgeous blog. xx

  2. Oh my word. Senior YEAR. I had the worst Senioritis.... Starting Freshman year. LOL! School was never my thing, I always wanted out and into the real world. And look at that, here I am! I do believe everyone needs to live in the moment though because moments are fleeting!! Life goes by soooo quickly. Learn from every mistake, laugh at every embarrassing moment, and don't take life too seriously!


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