Hey class of 2015, I am a graduating senior, just like you. Second semester has started, and it’s already going by fast. Lately I’ve been thinking ahead, worrying about the future, planning for college and the rest of my life. It wasn’t until recently that I realized that while worrying about my future, I’ve been wasting my senior year.
I’ve waited my whole life to be a senior in high school, not to graduate, but to have the title of being the top of the school. I’ve spent four years of my life going to school every day, going to practice after school, hanging out with my friends on weekends, my days blending together, and it just hit me that in four months my life as I know it…just ends.
That’s right. My friends, my house and my daily schedule all disappear when I go to college. All that will be left are memories. All the people that I have been growing up with, the students who I’ve known since elementary school, and the people who helped make me the person I am today, I may never see again.
The future doesn’t have CVHS football games with “friday night lights,” or classes with my favorite teachers, homecoming with all my friends, or Winter Ball every year. No, in four months we, the class of 2015, get to make new memories, some of us far away from Castro Valley and our fellow classmates. We will make new friends, find a new place to call home, adapt a new schedule, and become adults. In four months we will all go different directions and say goodbye.
But I’m not worried. I expect a lot from the class of 2015. I know that many of us will go on to become very successful. I expect doctors, and firefighters, members of the military, and policemen. I expect amazing lawyers and business leaders. I see fantastic mothers and fathers, and even better, I see teachers too. I see a whole new generation that is eager to have their turn to have a say, and run our world. This class has so much potential. We want to graduate, and we are more than ready.
So my advice, seniors, is to start living every moment like it’s your last. Take a day trip with your friends, go to the basketball game, go to that school dance, try out for the school play, and go out to lunch with that friend you’re losing touch with, because you never know if it’s going to be your last chance to do it.
This is our last time to be the top of the school, the one thing we’ve all been waiting for since freshman year, and here we are.
Don’t waste this opportunity seniors, and thank you for being a part of these past four years!