Modern Musings by Trishna Buch
Over the past two weeks, high school seniors from all around Galveston County have been donning their caps and gowns and celebrating successfully making it through four years of high-school—and about 15 years of schooling—by participating in their respective graduation ceremonies.
High school graduation comes around every year, but it is more personal to me this year, since my sister graduated from her high-school this past Saturday. This is a day that she claims to have been preparing for since her senior year started, back in August. For my sister, and for the hundreds of high-school seniors in Galveston County—all of the papers, assignments, exams, after-school activities, clubs and every aspect that comes with being a high-school student has led up to this point. Take a minute, or several (you deserve it), to take a look back at all of your accomplishments. Maybe you significantly improved in a course? Maybe you were accepted into your top choice college? Maybe you overcame great odds? No matter what it is, be proud of yourself and everything you accomplished.
While all high-school seniors will have different activities planned for the summer—jobs, vacations, relaxing—one common goal will be to spend time with their friends, especially the friends who they will separate from once college begins. My sister, for example, is attending a different college from one of her closest friends. Therefore, her goal is to spend as much time as possible with this friend, because they don’t know when they’ll be able to see each other after the summer ends.
But I’d like to take this time to give all graduating seniors a few words of wisdom, if you will. I’m not here to tell you to “start looking for a job as soon as possible.” I’m not here to tell you to “make sure to go to class and do all of your assignments.” I’m not here to lecture you on time-management or being responsible in college. Why? Because I’m sure you will hear about this at some point; either before starting college, during college or both.
I want to tell you all to never lose sight of who you are, as you start this next journey of life. The paths all of you are on will be vastly different from one another. For example, my sister is looking at 11 years of schooling ahead of her; while some of her friends have less and some have more. You all have goals you want accomplished and desires you want fulfilled, but I want to urge you all to never lose track of who you are. College is a time to explore, a time to discover who you are and what you can accomplish, but you should always remember where you came from and everything and everyone that helped you reach the point you are now.
I want you to remember that college is highly different from high-school—trust me, I know from experience. It will take you some time to find your footing and you may experience some disappointments. You may not always receive the grades you desire, you may not always be able to join the classes you hoped to join and you may experience a series of disappointments. But you will also make new friends, have the opportunity to attend a plethora of exciting classes and gain a sense of accomplishment when you successfully complete that ten page paper or that difficult final. Your college journey will be filled with highs and lows but, trust me, there will be more positives than negatives.
Remember to do your best, but not let anything get in the way of your health and happiness. Take breaks from working and studying when you need to. As that saying goes “make new friends, but keep the old.” Be sure to check in on your high-school friends from time to time. Call your parents—they’d love to hear from you. Visit your home town as much as you can, but try not to run home at the first sign of trouble. Practice your newfound independence, but know that you have all of Galveston County rooting for you as you set off on this journey. I congratulate all high-school graduates!