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4th Quarter Blues

  As the last quarter of the school year is upon us, most students are turning their focus away from school and towards the opportunities afforded by the next school year. For the Class of 2018, this means graduating high school and embracing their new role as a college student. Coping with my own crippling […]

 

As the last quarter of the school year is upon us, most students are turning their focus away from school and towards the opportunities afforded by the next school year. For the Class of 2018, this means graduating high school and embracing their new role as a college student. Coping with my own crippling case of senioritis, I completely understand the sentiment of being ready to leave high school behind. But even so, the last quarter of high school holds some special meaning to it. Once it’s over, you will never again grace the CB halls as a student.

Taking this into account made me nostalgic as I reflected on the four years I had spent at CB: what would I want to change about my experience? What did I regret doing or not doing? What would I miss about CB? But most importantly, what did my peers think?

Once I got to asking around, there was an underlying theme surrounding all of the answers I received. While many of the people I talked to seemed happy with the way that their high school journey had panned out, there was always the perception that they could have done more to enhance their experiences.

“One of the things about the last quarter is that you don’t get to meet your Kairos group until much later” explained Kat Stenger (’18). “I love all of the people in my group, and I really wish that I had met them before senior year because most of them are people that I’ve never talked to before now and we all get along so well.”

“I wish I had reached out to the quieter students more” said Isabel “Yisa” Nguyen (’18). “From my experience, they are some of the most fun, most introspective, and the most understanding people that I’ve ever met.”

“I wish that I had found more ways to be involved in the CB community” expressed Jason Oki (’18). “I wish that I had joined clubs or maybe even started my own, or done more community service. I think that there were opportunities that I missed out on because I was too focused on how people thought of me, and I let that guide my decisions instead of doing things that I truly loved.”

There was also the issue of how students had allowed school to dominate many aspects of their lives. With Yisa being a member of the rigorous Scholars program, late nights and hours of homework have been a constant throughout her high school years. But those have taken not only a toll on her social life, but also on how she schedules her free time.

“I would want to be better at balancing my academic life and my social life.” Yisa admitted. “I’m not saying that I wouldn’t work as hard or put in as much effort if I could go back in time, but I realize that I’ve probably missed a couple of opportunities to bond more with my friends and family by prioritizing work over them. Getting together with friends more often is actually one of my goals before senior year ends, and it’s a definitely a work in progress.”

“‘Learning to take a chill pill’ is also up there on my to-do list.” Yisa added with a laugh. “But my biggest regret for me personally is my destructive habit of not getting enough sleep due to incredible amounts of procrastination and overall busyness. ”

Kat’s main regret was much smaller as opposed to the other two.

“I wish I had gone to more sporting events,” she said with a shrug. “There are some sports that I still haven’t gone to watch, and I feel kind of bad about that.”

Due to my peers’ willingness to open up about their high school experience, it got me thinking about my own. From Red Cross to cross country to the friendships I have made, I have done a lot throughout my course of high school. I have changed radically since my freshman year, and now I was finally ready to embark on the next phase of my education at college in the fall.  And while I’ll be the first to admit that my high school experience wasn’t perfect — whose is? — I would still be able to appreciate all the time I had spent here. I had made some good memories, and now I am ready to leave it all behind.

With college on the horizon and high school in the rearview mirror, I am constantly being told to enjoy the last few months while I still can. At the time, I scoffed at it, but upon further reflection, I realized they were right. I’ve been so focused on what the future holds that I’ve sometimes neglected to live in the moment and just enjoy everything as it comes. So for the Class of 2018, learn to live in the now. This will all be over soon, and high school will be another fond memory we hold dear to our hearts. Don’t let it slip away from you.

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