On Wednesday my sister took her senior yearbook pictures and I was instantly brought back to that time 3 years ago. In a sense, it feels like yesterday that I was in her seat, eagerly anticipating the first day of senior year. But on the other hand, I feel so far removed from it.
Senior year of high school is a big deal for everyone. However, at our all-girl, Catholic high school with 100+ years of traditions, we had senior privileges and events that were extremely special. More than that, our school somewhat defied the “drama” stereotype of an all-girls school. While everyone had their friend-groups, we all got along…it was sisterhood. All of the underclassmen looked forward to the senior year experience, and I was no different. I had never been so excited for a school year to start and despite the stress of college applications, I maintained that excitement and happiness throughout the year.
It’s weird how much has changed since then. At times I feel like my life has gone “downhill” since the glory days of senior year. Like that year was my prime (I know, silly thought).
But since then I…
-Ran 1 marathon and 3 half marathons
-Became a certified Spinning instructor
-Changed my career path…twice
-Fell in love with yoga
-Joined a sorority
-Learned to cook
-Became a little KINDer (aka I now work for KIND Snacks)
-Discovered Grey’s Anatomy (yes, I consider that important)
-Experienced Miami nightlife…and confirmed that I don’t like it
-Handled multiple car issues on my own
-Started a blog
-Interned at a major company
-Maintained a high GPA
I’d be remiss not to reiterate that there were many lows in between these personal successes. Weeks and weeks of tears, homesickness and stress. Yet while there will always be difficult times in life, it’s nice to look back and reflect on how far I’ve come. Recalling my journey gives me the same “excited” feeling I had while sitting for my senior pictures. As I unwillingly prepare to return to school next week, I’m trying to keep that feeling and envision all the possibilities ahead. I’ve come so far since senior year and sometimes I just need a little reminder that I’m doing OK and the best is yet to come.
If you’re still in college, when do you start school?
What’s your favorite memory from high school?