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Class of 2013, it’s that time of year.
It’s time to look back on your entire high school career. It’s time to reflect on everyday things that will no longer be every day. It’s time to sign the final round of yearbooks. It’s time to thank the teachers who have inspired you. It’s time to anxiously collect phone numbers with the fervent hope that you will stay in touch with the people you have spent the past years with; growing, learning, living.
It’s time for graduation.
It’s time to say goodbye.
When you think of graduation, you think of all of the things you’re going to have to say “goodbye” to. You think of all of the sad things about saying “goodbye.” Things like leaving where you grew up, leaving behind your friends, leaving the comfort of the familiar.
But the definition of “goodbye” is “used to express good wishes when parting or at the end of a conversation.” And to express good wishes isn’t something that should be negative. And can we agree that where there is an end to something, somewhere there is a new beginning?
Why should we be sad about endings? Instead, we should be hopeful for new beginnings. “Goodbye” allows us to grow. It allows us to make room for the new, and the new should be celebrated. That’s what “goodbye” allows us to do. That’s what “goodbye” means.
Wherever you end up, whether you’re at boot camp, Harvard, finding the cure for cancer, or becoming the next Tom Cruise, whatever you decide to do that makes you happy, just remember where it all started.
And to our Editor in Chiefs Nakita Rico and Maria Diaz, thank you for keeping our heads above water this year. Thank you for taking risks. Thank you for being examples to the rest of us. I would wish you luck in college, but you two don’t need luck. You’re you.
Goodbye seniors of 2013, we wish you well.
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Written by McKenna Patton