Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.

Catie Peterson

I remember walking into HHS on the first day of my freshman year. I was so scared! High school! Oh, my Gosh! I was so paranoid about not looking like a freshman, finding my friends at lunch and knowing where my classes were. When I look back at that day, it seems like it was only a week ago, but four years!? I can’t believe where the time has gone. I can’t fathom the fact that in a couple of months, I will be leaving my home, here in Hudson, and venture out to Athens, Ohio.

    As I start to say my good-byes to high school, (Now it’s inside joke time, sorry) I will miss my Cinnamon and Sugar hangouts at Starbucks, laser Sadies (playing laser tag in my old homecoming dress and times!), my volleyball days, my shots! shots! shots! (and discs) girls (Hey, Cassie! ANALOPE!!!), and my late nights for the paper you are currently reading, just to name a few. But, of course there will be things that I won’t miss-the drama, puberty, certain classes, drama (again).

    Now, to any underclassmen reading this editorial and taking a depressing trip down my memory lane, I’m sorry. But, I do have some advice for you to use during the rest of your high school career. I know it sounds corny, but don’t be afraid to show off who you are. I think that is the one thing that has held me back these past four years, (getting a bit emo now...) leaving me walking out the door with regrets that I wish I didn’t have and I hope you won’t have.

    But in the end, high school is a chapter in my life that is about to end and a new one is about to begin. My story is not even close to halfway done yet.

    I can’t wait for college to begin, yet I’m afraid of it to start. It is big thing that scares me, but as I come closer and closer to it, I am reminded once again of that 14-year-old girl I was who was frightened, yet excited, by the thought of moving on to high school.

    I am eager to meet new people and enjoy new experiences that I have never had in high school. And as move-in day at Ohio University rapidly approaches, I hope I am given countless opportunities to grow even more there than I have in high school, which leaves me with some big shoes to fill.

    Now, I know that this is the time to thank my friends and family for helping me throughout high school, but I don’t want to do that. I want to do something a bit different because I’m afraid that I’ll leave out a ton of people. I want to thank anyone who has helped me grow and become the person I am today. Friends, teachers, family members, even all of those haters out there, you have helped me become the awesome person I am today.

    Now, if you are still reading this article, I want to leave you with a quotation. I am a sucker for quotations, and I think this one fits perfectly for anyone who wants to be as happy with themselves as I am with myself, after this amazing journey through high school. It’s from Dr. Seuss, who once said, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.”



2012-05-17 10:15:37