An Open Letter to The Graduating Class of 2017

Well Class of 2017, here we are- the last semester of our senior year of high school. Soon enough we will be sitting alphabetically in a crowded gymnasium, waiting for our ticket to freedom. But for now, we are living our final moments in the school system that raised us.

Most of us grew up together, going as far back as kindergarten. Whether we have noticed it or not, we have become each other’s security blankets. We’ve become so accustomed to seeing the same familiar faces five days a week, and now we are about to embark into a whole new world full of new people and new memories. It’s a scary thought for many of us, but that’s half the thrill of it. Our futures are in our headlights.

It’s crazy to think that we only have three months left until we are handed our diplomas. It has been a long time coming for me, a student who has suffered from senioritis since she was a mere sophomore. The past four years have been a blur and it pains me that I didn’t live it to the fullest. Now that we are about to part ways, we may never have the opportunities together than we once had.

We’ve thought about our graduation for years. Undoubtedly, we’ve all had our fantasies… walking across the stage, getting our diploma, and looking at our families crying in their seats and cheering us on. And after three years of attending graduation ceremonies for my upperclassmen friends, I think I have finally come to terms with the fact that we will not be singing and dancing like in High School Musical. It will still be a magical, beautiful day nevertheless.

With only a few months left of high school, I would like to challenge my graduating class. I challenge you all to make new friends. Talk to the classmates that you wouldn’t normally exchange words with. Help underclassmen. Leave your legacy. This small school will never have another you walk through its doors. Use that as motivation to finish this year strong and with as many smiles as possible. This is our year. Show everyone else why.

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