22 Thoughts You Have While Watching Your High School Friends Graduate

22 Thoughts You Have While Watching Your High School Friends Graduate

I can't believe I only graduated a couple of years ago.

Watching high school graduation as a college student can only be summed up in one word: bizarre. It feels like a century ago you were in their shoes, sitting where they sit now in the distinctive cap and gown commemorating their accomplishments, when in reality it's only been a few years. High school seems like a distant memory as you watch them walk across the stage and begin the next stage of their lives. Here's 22 thoughts that go through your head as you watch your high school friends graduate:

1. They can't be graduating already, they're still babies in my mind.

2. I remember how painfully hot wearing that gown in the sun was.

3. Trying to keep that cap on my head was a nightmare.

4. Why does graduation take forever.

5. I can't believe I only graduated a couple of years ago.

6. Even though it's been years, I can still remember how scared I was thinking about going to college and being on my own.

7. And I know they're feeling the exact same way I did while I sat there waiting for my name to be called.

8. In a few years they'll be sitting where I am now wondering how it's been so long since they graduated.

9. Why am I so emotional right now?


11. Only 20 more people until their name is called.

12. Was it this hot when I graduated?

13. Walking through the grass in heels was torture; I don't know how they're managing.

14. It feels weird to be sitting here watching when it seems like yesterday I was the one sitting on the field.

15. Even though they're scared I know they're going to love college.

16. Oh they're next!!!

17. OMG they're really graduating!!!

18. I can barely remember what being in high school felt like.

19. It's over, they did it.

20. I haven't seen half of these people since I graduated.

21. And in a couple years they're going to forget half the people they went to high school with like I have.

22. I'm so excited for them.

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1. When you walk into the library and see that there are no more spots available because every freshman decided to start using the library now.

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2. You run into someone from your class and they ask you how prepared you are for the final.

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4. And then you get a call from your parents asking you why you've been so on edge lately

5. When you're three coffees deep at 2AM and believe everything will be okay even though you still haven't studied.

6. The day has arrived and it's time to take your first final so you give yourself a quick pep talk.

7. When you are the first one to finish the final early because you didn't study.

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8. Trying to pack while studying.

9. And then you start wishing you didn't wait until the last minute to pack because now there is no way your stuff will fit into your car.

10. When you get your first grade back.

11. And you have to tell your parents how you did in the class.

12. When all of your roommates are done with their finals and you still have one left.

13. But then your time has finally come and you have finished your last final as well.

14. And you realize you have survived yet another hell week.

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To High School Teacher That Still Means So Much In College, Thank You

I could never say thank you enough.


Five years ago, I was a sophomore in your world history class, now I am a college junior, but you are still my favorite teacher of all time. Not because of the class you taught, but the way you taught it and the way you interacted with your students.

Thank you for being a real, honest person.

For being someone we could talk to, instead of someone who was so far above us. Your class was still a place of learning, but it was a relief to walk into your room second period, it improved my mood instead of dragging it down.

I enjoyed your teaching so much that I almost took an AP class, that I did not need, to have you as a teacher again.

You made lectures fun and interesting without taking them too seriously. You worked really hard to make personal connections with your students, that you maintained even when they left your class.

When I graduated high school, I had every intention of being a veterinarian, and you were a staff member that I honestly considered a friend. Now I sit here, three semesters away from graduating with a degree in elementary education, and you are an inspiration.

Not an inspiration on teaching 10th graders world history, but an inspiration on how to treat your students and how to make connections with them. How to make a lasting impact on people. I want to teach kindergarten so it's really not the same situation and same type of connections, but you are an inspiration nonetheless.

Thank you for being a person that makes a lasting impact on your students' lives, in the best way possible.

I won't forget your second-period world history class, especially as a future teacher. I appreciate the effort you put forth, both academically and interpersonally. So, thank you for being a class I took as an easy A, but for making it one I will never forget.

Thank you for going above and beyond what it means to be an educator.

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