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When it comes time to pick your senior quotes, the pressure’s on. Deciding one phrase or sentence to symbolize your high school experience can be quite tricky. The point of the quote is to stand out amongst the crowd, and express who you are rather than how you want to be seen. Christian Brothers senior […]

When it comes time to pick your senior quotes, the pressure’s on. Deciding one phrase or sentence to symbolize your high school experience can be quite tricky. The point of the quote is to stand out amongst the crowd, and express who you are rather than how you want to be seen. Christian Brothers senior class moderators Mrs. Erin Hanshew and Mrs. Annie Vanenburg kindly allowed me to interview them to hear their perspective of the significance of senior quotes. 

Having had the opportunity to teach many of the senior students in previous years, Mrs. Hanshew gave some great insight behind the importance of senior quotes.

“I think they’re a good snapshot of who you are at this point in time,” she says. Though she doesn’t remember her exact quote, it said something along the lines of, “If we couldn’t laugh, we’d all go insane.” To this day, this quote fits Mrs. Hanshew perfectly. I was fortunate enough to be her student last year, and she definitely maintains a positive learning environment full of laughter.

Talking about previous years, she says, “some people go for really profound quotes, and some less serious maybe. But either way I think is fine.” She thinks seniors are in a time in their life where they’re very reflective of what their high school experience has meant to them, and their quote can take a lot of different forms.

She feels that however seniors may interpret that idea into their quote is good. She personally feels that when she’s looking for a quote, she sometimes goes down a rabbit hole in google. She somewhat discourages that approach, explaining how students probably aren’t going to find exactly what they’re looking for.

“Think about the things that are important to you,” the social studies teacher says. “Maybe a book that’s meant a lot to you, or a person that has influenced you, or a theme.”

Taking her advice, students can take what’s most important to them and their character and go from there. 

Mrs. Vanenburg also has a close relationship with the senior class, as she currently teaches four senior courses. She describes the importance of senior quotes as “revealing your personality and motivations.” Unfortunately, when Vanenburg was in high school, she didn’t get to pick her own quote. However, she said that if she got to pick her quote now, it would say, “Unfinished”.

“If I remain the same tomorrow as I am today, I will have missed so much growth and so much of all life has to show me.” She admitted that it sounded rather “cheesy,” but this quote truly does hold an immense amount of power.

“Given the year that it is, just keep in mind that we can get all down and depressed. But in twenty years, when you look back at your senior quote, the world won’t be the same as it is right now.” I am glad that she emphasized on this particular aspect because I was definitely pondering the idea of incorporating the coronavirus into my quote. I will surely be taking her advice, and focus on the positive side of my life. Though I’ve only had Mrs. Vanenburg as a teacher for a short amount of time and we met through a computer screen, I can already tell she preaches positively. 

Jacob Yee’s (’21) senior quote “These days, loyalty is so fragile. I just want somebody who’s going to bring the best out of me” comes from the combination of two quotes by his favorite rapper, Polo G. He chose this quote because the rapper has influenced his life in a positive way.

“He’s not like other rappers — he doesn’t just rap about drugs. He’s lyrical and cares about what he says.” Music can have a lot of importance in our lives, and Jacob incorporated his love for Polo G into his quote, saying that he thinks “itdefinitely resembles me a lot.” This quote embodies who he is, because he’s always been about loyalty and love.

Kylie Lapsley (’21) is a member of this year’s yearbook class. Her quote is, “There is no right or wrong, success or failure.” She explains that she chose this quote because she has embraced the concept that failure leads to growth and happiness. This is her definition of success.

“Senior quotes are a chance to leave your last impression on the underclassmen, parents and school community,” the senior says. It is rather fascinating to have that perspective of a “last impression.” Kylie says that the quotes offer insight into the senior class and the personalities that make it up. Whether the quote be funny or serious, it definitely embodies who one is as a person. 

Although I personally don’t have my senior quote picked out yet, I will make sure I pick something that I’ll remember forever. Whether it be a joke or a motivational quote, I want it to stand out and capture who I am as an individual. Graduating is something to be exceptionally proud of, and one single quote can be used to encapsulate these four memorable years. 

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