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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Kids are Alright

It's the first day of my final semester of high school.
It's so weird to think that all this time I've been anticipating being a second semester senior, and now that the time is really here, I am terrified.

For years now, I've thought that my senior year would be the most amazing time of my life - I'd have great grades, great times in the pool, great friends, etc. So far, everything has been pretty, well, great.

However, I can't help feeling a little...disappointed. For some reason I thought that senior year would have me captivated in this rush of awesomeness and that hard work or strife would be a faded memory in my mind. I don't know why I thought that, but I've come to believe that senior year isn't just about basking in the greatness that you've built for yourself during high school. It's about learning to combat real life situations like college acceptance or rejection, the separation of solid friends, and the harsh reality of leaving everything you once thought would stay forever. The grandeur of this time fades and what you're left with is whatever it is you've become, be that the athlete, the drama geek, or the brainiac.

But, this doesn't mean senior year isn't great. It is. It's a time where you get to figure out what you're made of, or rather how tough you are when things don't go your way.
I guess what I'm saying is that senior year is a time for you to find out what you're made of. It's a time where the expectations and anticipations are higher than you could've ever dreamed and you just want to make it out alive. It's a time where all of the adults in your life are starting to look at you as one of their own while still seeing you as the little kid you were 10 years ago.

It's an in-between time. It's scary, it's wild, and the best way to describe it is to experience it. I guess what I'm trying to say is that you shouldn't get bogged down by your expectations about senior year. This goes towards other things as well, but when you focus so much on what something is supposed to be, you can easily miss out on what it is.

Senior year flies. And to all my fellow seniors out there, I hope you're having fun.

xx, Victoria

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