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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Here's to the girls

I am graduating from high school today.

Wait, WHAT?!

I can't believe this is actually happening right now. If you're reading this and it's around 9 or 10 AM, EST, chances are I'm walking across the stage right now, receiving my diploma in my cap and gown.

This day is one of mixed emotions. For starters, I can't believe I actually made it. Seven years of cramming, stressing, procrastinating. Seven years of crying, hysteria, laughter, camaraderie. Seven years of all-girls dance parties and random school-wide singing is all over today.

When I came to my school as a sixth grader, I was hoping that when I graduated, I would be as cool as all of the seniors were. They were so put-together and awesome. I was in awe of their intelligence, their poise, and their ability to drive, date, and text people (I didn't have a cell phone then).

Now, as a senior who is less than 3 hours away from being an alum, I know that none of these things are really true. I still cram, stress, and procrastinate. I still cry, get hysterical, laugh, and need my friends and classmates. I will still openly welcome a dance party and school-wide sing along.

However, now, I can drive, date, and text. Am I cool yet?

I guess what I really want to say today is that I made it. I made it out of here alive. My school has a reputation for being extremely challenging academically, and I conquered it with a GPA that I am proud of. I made it through honors classes, AP classes, physics, calculus, and teachers who pushed me to be better.

My school has a saying, "here's to the girls." It's a part of our alma mater, and it's a part of us as students. The school is built around the students, and I honestly cannot thank everyone there who has helped me through a bad day, stayed up late to study with me, encouraged me in the pool and in the classroom, and who has touched my life in some way during my time here.

Here's to the girls.

xx, Victoria
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