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What Makes A Good Senior Quote?

“What are you gonna put for your senior quote?”  Seniors start hearing this sentence as they walk down the 100s hallways in October. We all have different criteria for what makes a good senior quote. I personally think that a senior quote should be meaningful. You want it to be something you’ll remember or something […]


“What are you gonna put for your senior quote?” 

Seniors start hearing this sentence as they walk down the 100s hallways in October. We all have different criteria for what makes a good senior quote. I personally think that a senior quote should be meaningful. You want it to be something you’ll remember or something that might help other people out in the long run. Other people want their senior quote to be a joke, something that will make people laugh. Sometimes people will even leave it blank because it’s “lame”.

Assistant Dean of Students Mr. Matthew Taylor-Viruet says ”there are really only a few ways you can go with a senior quote. It will either be something memorable, something for [shoots] and giggles, someone will probably say something like ’hey mom’, and then you have the kid who is trying too hard to be funny“

I unfortunately waited until the last minute and was forced to come up with something somewhat on the spot. I still however made it meaningful because it’s something I want to look back on when I’m older.

What students put down as their senior quote more depends on what their personality is like. People want to be viewed and remembered in a certain way, and the easiest way to do so is through their senior quotes.

CB’s English Teacher and Yearbook Moderator Mrs. Natalia Schorn ‘00 says “the best senior quotes are ones that someone has really thought through and has recognized that this is going to age well”

The best way to go would be being able to define yourself in one single quote without it being too serious.

“Find something that represents you but will last a lifetime — it means nothing if it only lasts for five minutes and isn’t authentic,” Mrs. Schorn says.

Some people like to be serious and others like to add a little humor. Not everyone likes to be taken so seriously so they want to lighten the mood, and/or take a different standpoint.

“I think that being funny or just being blunt is probably the best way to go,” Tessa Easterling (‘22) says.

With that said, there is also a wrong way to go with senior quotes. What could possibly make the worst senior quote?

“I would say that the worst ones would have to be taking quotes from other people like having the same quote as someone else”, says Tessa.

You don’t want to be THAT kid who has the same quote as someone else in the yearbook and have something so basic and unoriginal that someone else in your class of 300 students has the same exact one.

Everyone has their own idea of what they want to remembered as, what they want their fellow students to see them as. There will always be good and bad senior quotes and criteria for what makes a decent one and for what makes a bad one. Now you know what to put for next year, CB!

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