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Leaving The Nest: How Senior Falcons Feel About Flying Away

High school is a tumultuous time, and while it seems like a long time going in, four years goes by pretty fast. The Class of 2024 is reaching the end of their time together as Falcons, and it’s bound to be an exciting and nerve wracking time. It means taking the next step into adult […]

High school is a tumultuous time, and while it seems like a long time going in, four years goes by pretty fast. The Class of 2024 is reaching the end of their time together as Falcons, and it’s bound to be an exciting and nerve wracking time. It means taking the next step into adult life with college and leaving home in some form or another. With that freedom comes new challenges that high school might not have prepared you for. Although we learned, laughed, and cried over these four years, how do some of our fellow Falcons feel about leaving the nest and flying away to wherever life takes them?

Sydney Walsh

“I think it’s bittersweet,” says senior Sydney Walsh (’24). She’s excited about what’s to come in the next four years during college, but it’s going to be hard for her to leave CB for a few reasons. “I’ve met some of my favorite people at CB. It’s definitely going to be a change, especially from the daily routine of high school. But I’m excited.” Even with the change and everything that surrounds it, she believes that the environment of CB has allowed bonds to be created that will stand the test of time after graduation.

Sebastian Fernandez y Garcia & Austin Lemieux

Sebastian Fernandez y Garcia (’24) had a different outlook compared to Sydney. He just feels that the transition to college is exactly like the transition to high school. “It’s just school. I’m just going to school again. There’s just going to be a lot more people. It’s going to be harder, supposedly, more money, and fun times.” Although he believes that this is what the next step is like, he says it will be tough to leave his friends and family behind. But he’ll see them again, so he’s not too worried

Austin Lemieux (’24) just wants be done. He’s looking forward to the summer, where he’ll have lots of time to hang out with friends. And he has someone to keep him company. “Me and John Buggy-Agresti (‘24) at [Cosumnes River College] — we’ll survive.”

Nina Clare Creer

Nina Clare Creer (’24) has mix of excitement and nerves about the next four years away from home. “My comfort has always been my family, and I’m going to Portland. Just the fact that I’m going out of my comfort zone and leaving the people that I always come home to that make me feel the most comfortable is what I’m nervous about.” Although she’s leaving that comfort behind, she’s excited to try new things while she’s away. “I’m so excited to have new opportunities, open my horizons, and experience those experiences that I haven’t experienced before.

Lilly Barrett & Austin Lemieux (again)

Lilly Barrett (’24) shares a similar sentiment to Austin — she just wants the end of senior year to come quickly. “I feel fine. I’m kind of done with my classes, so I’m just waiting for summer.” An answer that I can get behind, because beyond the greater expanse of college starting, I too am waiting for summer to start so I can have all the free time to hang out with friends and make some memories before I go away.

Parker Clymer-Engelhart

Parker Clymer-Engelhart (’24) is another example of that conflict of emotions when it comes to ending senior year. “I’m happy, but I’m also scared because I don’t want to leave — it’s getting out of my comfort zone.” He isn’t going too far away from home like he thought he would, so being homesick isn’t something he’s worried about. “Living independently and trying to meet new people at [UC] Davis is not scaring me, but it makes me a little anxious.” I can see where he’s coming from, but he has many friends following him to Davis, so I know he’ll do great there.

Peter Okamoto

Between bites of his cookie, Peter Okamoto (’24) says that he doesn’t really want to graduate just yet. “It’s going to suck — I have to be an active part of my life and make decisions now.” A little banter from Austin made Peter declare he was happy that graduating means he doesn’t have to see him again, but I know he’s not being serious — he loves Austin. Getting back on track, he continued about what will be tough for him. “I have to make new friends — that’s going to be hard. I have to be responsible — that’s going to be tough too. And I have to get a job because if I don’t get a job I will be poor.” Peter exclaims that high school was an equivalent to a “free trial,” and now he has to lock in and take control of his life, which I’m sure he can do.

As I talked with all these people, I felt myself agreeing with something that each of them had to say, which makes it a bit easier to explain how I feel about graduating myself. It’s going to be hard to take that next step away from home, away from comfort, but it gives a new opportunity to find that comfort elsewhere. Gaining responsibility and taking hold of your life with new people and new things was never said to be easy. But it’s your life now.

So if I could give one piece of advice leaving CB and moving on to the next chapter, it’s to be yourself and do what resonates with you because you have to live for yourself — no one will live for you. Let’s take these last few days to celebrate how far we’ve come and look forward to the future with bright eyes at the rest of our lives to come.

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