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Bittersweet Endings: Class of 2017

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This Friday, the 7th April, is the seniors last day of school. This marks our last experience with high school ever, and as the days are counting down, we are all simultaneously dreading and anticipating the final day. Although we don’t have to come to school anymore, exams are looming in the not-so-distant future, so while the rest of the school is taking a well deserved spring break, we (along with some AP Grade 11 students) will be cramming, I mean, studying, for our exams. 

Many of us have been at the high school for the full four years, and whether you’re new or old there is a certain bittersweetness to leaving school. You won’t have a routine anymore, and you won’t nearly be as social as you are on a day to day basis currently. We won’t see the teachers, or people in the grade below, and most likely the majority of our own grade for quite a long time, and after graduation, maybe never again. Right now, you may be scoffing and thinking “I’m so glad I won’t get to see all these people ever again”, but I can guarantee you that you’ll miss at least one person you didn’t expect to after graduation. 

So what does this Friday really mean? Is there a cause for celebration when we’re not really done yet, and most of us will be coming to school anyway to study and take our final exams? For me, I think celebration is definitely necessary, because, as our last official school day, it marks the end of an era. No more schedule, meetings, trips to the thai place and nodding politely at teachers in the hallway. A day for celebration of all the memories we have at school. 

Ultimately, if you see a couple of tears this Friday, understand that leaving school for the seniors isn’t all about partying until university. Yes, it marks the end of an era, however long or short, and the beginning of the next chapter of our lives, but at the same time new doors can’t be open without closing some behind you. No matter what you hear, I can tell you now that we will all miss school, and in the middle of our extremely long summer break, after our exams, you might even see a couple of us wandering the halls looking for something to do! Or, we might just be basking in the sunshine, taking our well-earned break. 

Oh, and younger grades, it’ll be your turn before you know it, so cherish your limited days left at school with your friends, however far away you may think it is. And don’t miss us too much!

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