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As I Graduate High School, I'll Definitely Miss My Friends, But I'm So Ready For College

Finally realizing that I won't be hanging out with the same group of friends again in college makes me appreciate and value my friends so much more.

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By the time this article goes live, I will have graduated high school. It is only now finally starting to hit me that everything will change.

I never expected to be so nostalgic about my days as a freshman and sophomore laughing with my friends and cracking stupid jokes in the school cafeteria. I moved to my high school in New Jersey from Minnesota, my freshman year. At first, I hated it here. I spent the majority of high school wishing it would end soon and always missing my friends from Minnesota. But now that high school is almost over, I realize that I might actually miss this place.

The people I have met and become close to these past few years, the daily routine — all of it. Graduation is the last time ever our grade will all be together. After this, the summer is filled with graduation parties and then many last goodbyes. After this, I won't see my high school best friends every day and most of us go our own way. This is still something I am coming to terms with. I finally found my perfect group of friends, and now we are all parting ways. In college, everything changes.

To all my friends and my family, thank you for making me who I am today. I know that is the most cliche thing, but it is true. You have supported me and believed in me when I didn't believe in myself. You always kept me going. No matter how much is going to change, I know you will always have my back, and I will always have yours.

To everyone in high school right now, don't wish away the time. It won't come back. I know most of you are stressed to get into a college but trust me, it all works out. You may not understand it right now, but you will. You may think you have a lot of work right now, but it gets a lot more intense in college and the stakes also get much higher. So enjoy high school while you can. Stop worrying about what others think of you because honestly, once you graduate you won't see these people again. Once you are a senior crossing the field to receive your diploma, you will realize how much you love this place and how unprepared you are to say goodbye to your current lifestyle. Not only will most people be leaving their friends, but they will also be moving out of their home away from their parents. And sitting on your couch reading this as a sophomore or junior in high school that may seem fine, but it is much harder when the time has actually arrived to leave.

A few days after my graduation I will be leaving for a vacation out of the country for the rest of the summer so I will miss the "final goodbyes" everyone gets before going off to college in August. Finally realizing that I won't be hanging out with the same group of friends again in college makes me appreciate and value my friends so much more. Although I am beyond excited to start a new chapter of my life at Rutgers this fall, it will definitely take me some time to adjust to the changes. I am ready for it because of the confidence my friends and family have instilled in me.

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Let's Talk More About Lori Laughlin Facing Up To 20 Years In Prison When Brock Turner Got 6 Months

And he was released three months early for 'good behavior'... after sexually assaulting an unconscious girl behind a dumpster.

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To start, Lori Laughlin messed up royally, and I don't condone her actions.

If you live under a rock and are unaware of what happened to the "Full House" star, here's the tea:

Lori Laughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli — and like 50 other celebrity parents — were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, and paid a $1 million bail on conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and honest services fraud. You don't need to know what these mean except that she paid $500,000 to get her two daughters, Bella and Olivia Jade Giannulli.

I know you're wondering why they did it — tbh I am too — however, these parents paid the University of Southern California to give admission to her daughters in through the rowing team on campus, despite neither one of them actually playing the sport ever in their life.

Yeah, Aunt Becky messed up and should face punishment, but why is she facing up 20 years when men like Brock Turner are sentenced only six months for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at Stanford?

I hate to bring up the gender card, but I'm pulling it: Why is Lori Laughlin — a woman who with bad judgement who used money to give an upper-hand to her entitled daughters — face more prison time than a man who willingly raped a woman who wasn't in a right state of mine (or any at all!) behind a dumpster of all places.

The answer? Because the system is a mess.

Yeah, Aunt Becky paid for her daughters to get into a school, giving disadvantages to students actually deserving and wanting to attend a college. Her act was immoral, and ultimately selfish, but it doesn't even compare to what Brock Turner did, and it doesn't even effect others as much his rape survivor.

The most that will happen to the Giannulli girls is an expulsion and a temporary poor reputation, however, Emily Doe (the alias of the survivor) will feel the consequences of the attack forever.

There should have been a switch:

Lori Laughlin and the Target guy should have had to pay other students tuition/student debt while facing prison time, while Brock Turner should have had to face over 20 years with more consequences.

But, that'll never happen because our system sucks and society is rigged. I guess our society would prefer a rapist walking around more so a woman who made a poor choice by paying for her daughters to go to a college.

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.

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So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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