My Last Week Of High School

My Last Week Of High School

The last week of high school for me was hectic between deadlines and events taking place


My last year of high school has been absolutely crazy and hectic. I have made memories that will last me my entire life. I have attended events I normally would not, and I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone. Through my last week of high school, I have had mixed feelings. On one hand, I am completely done with high school, and I'm excited for it to be over. On the other hand, I am anxious about what is coming, and I am not sure I am ready for it. With all of the events taking place during my last week, I have made some good memories with some good friends.

On Tuesday, the first day of my school week, I celebrated my eighteenth birthday. With all of my teachers and classmates wishing me a happy birthday, I was reminded of how for my next birthday, I would not be around any of them. I will be off in a town 126 miles from my home. All of my closest friends will be scattered all over the state of Oklahoma. When I went out with my parents later that night, I was reminded that for my next birthday, I will not be able to celebrate with them on the exact date. I will have to wait until after my finals are done and travel back home to spend time with them.

Wednesday was the day of our senior trip. I was not really looking forward to it because I do not like most of my senior class, and spending an entire day with them was not my cup of tea. I decided to go, though, because I wanted to have a fun time with my friends. I ended up having a great time, and it was a good chance to hang out with my friends for one of the last times altogether. I ended up pushing myself and rode a roller-coaster for the first time ever. To say it was exhilarating would be an understatement. The memories made will be ones I cherish for years to come.

On Thursday, my class had our "Senior Skip Day". Some students couldn't take part because of absences, but my little friend group had a good time. We went to our local recreation center and swam in the indoor pool. It was a nice day to just relax and have fun together. After we were done swimming for a couple of hours, we decided to go to Whataburger for lunch. We laughed over dumb jokes, cried tears of joy from these dumb jokes, and overall just had a good time together.

My last day of high school was actually not as emotional as I thought it would be. After leaving each class, I would hug my teacher and tell them how much they meant to me. As the day went on, I enjoyed my last few laughs with my friends and said goodbye to the teachers I had grown up with the last four years. Although I know I will be on the campus again this week for senior checkout day and our senior assembly, last week was the last time I would be on campus like I had been the last years.

As I went through my last year of high school, it was crazy and hectic, but I definitely had a good time. Even though last week was my last week of high school, I will still have some great memories to take with me as I transition to college. Never take your high school years for granted, even if they aren't the best.

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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.

Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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