This is it. The home stretch it seems everyone waits for -- being a senior with only one semester left until graduation. This semester is very exciting as it is the time of Senior Trip, prom, and of course, graduation. College and freedom are so close, we can almost taste it. These last few months are the time to enjoy as much time with your class, because before you know it, it’ll all be over.
Emily Lewis sums it up as, “[Feeling] excited, nervous, exhilarated, sad, and thankful! I have a whole mix of emotions but I am ready to start a new chapter in my life. New Haven is great but I have only experienced a fraction of what I could in my lifetime.”
Celesse Smedley comments, “I'm so excited, I can't wait honestly. I just want to be out of here, able to study something I love and am passionate about!”
In regards to her volleyball career, Kim Hoffmann states, “It was extremely depressing whenever my last volleyball game was over, but I am very grateful to have played for and won third place in the state. Now I am glad to have played for so many years, and am very grateful for all the memories.”
“It's sad that volleyball is over because I’ve been playing since the fourth grade but during all of that, it has been filled with memories that will last forever,” Taylor Oetterer commented.
Some of the seniors have or soon will be playing their last game of a sport they’ve grown up with. LeeAnna Linton says, “It is the most awful feeling in the world. The entire season you know it is going to happen, but you never expect the end to come. The emotions of knowing you will never step back onto that meet, court, field, etc., is the worst. I cried for a few solid hours. You make so many friends and memories playing sports, the feeling of saying goodbye is truly indescribable.”
Brady Kruse adds, “I honestly don't want to think about my last basketball game or track meet. It truly scares me.”
Bubba Gale describes the same experiences as, “It was a good and bad feeling. It was good because we finished with a 3rd place win as a team. It was also sad to think that it was my last race in cross country.”
If you could graduate tomorrow, would you? In a poll of about 17 seniors, the results were about 50/50. Some were straight “Yes! Of course!”, while others were not as eager to go just yet. Although nervous, just in a few short months, all of us will have to face the nerves and stress of graduation head on.