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Taking Flight: How I feel about graduating

By: Carissa Fortin

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]As I sit here writing this, a million memories come to my mind. I think of the Grade 9 BBQ when I first met the other students of the graduating class of 2018. It feels weird to think that I am here already. These four years have flown by so fast.

Walking the halls today and cleaning my locker brought back so many memories. Even sitting at grad breakfast today, I realized how life can pass by in a second if you don’t take the time to appreciate the little moments. I know that there’s people I’ll miss and I know there’s people I wont. I still talk to my grade 9 math teacher even though it was 3 years ago.  There’s so many things I’ll be doing for the last time. I just realized that. I’ll never get to be in a drama performance, never get to eat from the caf, never get to be in another coffeehouse, so many things I’ll be doing for the last times. It’s crazy to me how we can spend so much time in a place and not think about it until it’s our last moment in that place.

I don’t think teenagers realize how fast time flies when they spend hours on social media. We capture the world through a lens, not through our eyes. Think about that for a second. Teenagers waste away so much time on social media that they could be using to make memories. We are oblivious to the changing seasons.

There are so many stories and people that I’m sad to leave. But I also have people I can’t wait to say goodbye to. I’m so happy that I decided to go to South Carleton. It gave me friends and a family. Im very thankful that I was part of the SC family.

In the past four years at South, I have learned a lot of things. One of the main things I learned was this: Don’t eat the gum under the bleachers. The other thing I learned was this: People aren’t who you think they are. In order to really get to know somebody, you have to talk to them. It took me awhile to know this. I thought I knew exactly who people were, until I saw them in different situations. Drama club, Production Class, Student Council, Leadership Camp and Sources Of Strength allowed me to do this. Also Link Crew, both the class and the course. These clubs helped shaped who I am coming out of highschool. I don’t know what my highschool career would have been like if I hadn’t joined these groups. Because of them, I met some of the greatest people I have ever known. For example, Student Council was how I met one of my best friends.

If I hadn’t joined these clubs, I think I would be a very different person than the person I am. One of the many things I have learned in high school is that in order to really experience it, you have to create your own experiences. So, experience as much as you can. You only get one life so live it right. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said: “ The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams ”. I think this is a very fitting quote.