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‘Who says we have to let it go’// The school year has just begun, and for many it is bittersweet. It is the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new stage. “[Living in the moment] is what made my high school experience so memorable,” said senior Grace Adams.

Growing Pains

The meaning of senior year

The year 2020 comes with a lot of new marks in history. The 46th president will be voted upon. A computer will have the processing capacity of the human brain…possibly. But most importantly, the year 2020 marks the end of an era, and the start to a new future for the seniors at Rockwall- Heath.

People always say they can’t wait to have the freedom of a senior and possibly three off periods. They can’t wait to go to Prom and be on their way out of town. But, these are all things underclassmen and juniors say when they have yet to even finish their third year of high school. What does it actually mean to be a senior, when you are one?

What it’s meant has changed through the years as I’ve gotten closer to being a senior.  I still don’t really know, but right now I feel like it’s one of those years in your life where a lot of change is going to come and you are either going to have to embrace it or run from it. It’s a period of growth and remembering the good times,” said senior Graycie York.

It is said that people hope to be older when younger, and younger when older. It’s the pressure to have a plan and an idea for the future that tends to scare people. But about 600 individuals at this high school will be doing just that this year. The 4th year comes along with many decisions.

“I think all the decisions you have to make senior year can be a little bit stressful but exciting at the same time. Trying to get the best SAT score you can for college applications as well as scholarships is pretty stressful, but it’s exciting getting to visit the top colleges you want to go to knowing that next year will be a big step. But, this last year in high school will be filled with making the best memories with all my friends, living in the moment, and preparing for the future,” said senior Amelia Bird.

Senior night spans across the course of the year, but regardless of when certain individuals celebrate, it is a special moment for all. It is recognition for four years of hard work inside and outside the classroom. It’s the spotlight moment many have likely thought of, but never realized how quickly would come.

“Throughout the years, [high school] lasted forever, but thinking back, it all just happened so quickly. I think it’s important to live in the moment. I tried to do that as much as possible these last few years,” said Grace Adams, senior.

A mix of emotions were felt the first day of school and will likely be felt for the rest of the year. Anxious and excited freshmen embarked on a new part of their life, sophomores returned to familiar halls, juniors relished in their new upperclassmen titles, and seniors walked the halls for the last first time of a school year. The end of the road is in sight for many, but there are more momentous moments in time yet to occur for the graduating class of 2020. Being a senior means something different for every person. But it is important to remember to absorb all the memories in the next 9 months. It will all go by faster than the blink of an eye.

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