For seniors, the second semester is all about looking ahead. Seniors pay less attention to grades, less to other students, and more to the future. Senior year revolves around experiences, on friends and family, laughing and crying, ending and beginning. Seniors end their affairs with childhood as responsibility creeps ever closer. Every day is the last: the last first day of high school, the last Thanksgiving break, the last Homecoming, the last pep rally, the last Monday of high school. It’s important for seniors to bask in these next five months, coming together with those whom they are closest to and relishing the bittersweet taste of the end.
Seniors begin to forget the present and focus too much on the future. Memories are important. Twenty years from now, the people, the changes, the lessons, the stories that made senior year a milestone will be something to reminisce upon. Constantly looking ahead can dilute the memories of some of the most influential years of their lives.
Looking ahead, planning, and organizing are all unavoidable processes, but focusing on the present must be as important as preparing for the future. Seniors share this milestone with about 780 of their peers. All those people are experiencing new responsibility. All those people are leaving grade school and moving on to adulthood. The anticipation of graduation, college, and adulthood distract from the camaraderie of the last few months of high school. Seniors must remember, in these final months, that they have not yet graduated. That even though they will soon be gone, even though the end is tangible and graduation thrilling, it is still important to enjoy the present.
Seniors: It is important, while walking the path of life, to stop and look around. Take a deep breath and observe the landscape, the high mountains, the low valleys, the different paths, and appreciate them. Stop and smell the roses. Shift focus from the horizon to the uneven dirt of the trail. Observe its faults, its perfections, or risk forgetting the details of the trail that guided four year’s worth of footsteps. Do not risk forgetting the people whose ideas have inspired change, or the teachers whose lessons taught more than the test, or the stress that was gasoline- that burned yet drove success. Focus on what happens right now, so come graduation, the memories will be fresh and plentiful.