Senior Life Column: Katie Kerr

My Senior Year Awaits

 Finally. The year I have been waiting for my entire life; my senior year of high school. Well, okay, maybe not my entire life, but it sure seems like it.

    I can remember walking in my very first day of Freshmen year, I was a little scared but mostly full of myself for making it to high school. Starting my freshmen year I really thought I was going to stay the same throughout my high school career, have the same friends, play the same sports, but boy was I wrong.

    Being a student here at Cumberland Valley has really molded me into who I am today. I have been given so many opportunities and choices. I have had to decide what to join, who to be friends with, and what classes to take. Over the past three years, I have found many clubs that greatly interest me and have given me the chance to learn about different aspects of the world, all in one place.

    I believe that being involved in something after school is extremely important, whether it be clubs, sports or a specific hobby, because it acts a bit of a stress relief and a step away from our school work, Although it has taken me a little while to learn how to balance my school work and extracurriculars, I have found that I really enjoy doing things that interest me.

    Finding a way to relieve stress is a good way to make sure that you are feeling happy because you have something to look forward to on days that you might not be feeling the best. I have found that having something to do after school helps speed things up and gets my energy flowing.

    Another thing I have learned through my few years of experience, is that friends come and go throughout school and you can’t be afraid to let new ones in or old ones go. High school is a place where people grow and change, and sometimes drift apart.

    When I learned that it was okay to let go, a heaviness was lifted off of my shoulders and I felt as though another chapter in my life was starting to be written.  While it is important to have a good group of friends, it is even more important to have the right friends. I found out that surrounding yourself with people who have similar interests is the best in the long run because you push each other to do better.

    In life, when one door closes another one opens and that is an important lesson to learn or to understand as early as you can. Behind some doors lies disappointment, behind others lie amazing experiences; we need to keep going even when things happen. This is one of the most important things I have learned so far.

    As I have transitioned into my final year of high school, I have started to realize that I am wishing that I had more time left at home with my teachers, friends and family. We should embrace the time we have now, before it is gone and we want it back. In retrospect, I know that things will be drastically changing in less than a year. I couldn't be happier with how things have turning out.

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