Seniors–want some cheese with that whine?

Posted on November 15, 2011

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Class of 2011 Valedictorian Trevor Brownlow receiving his diploma at Graduation

As you’re walking across the stage in your cap and gown to receive your diploma,  you’ll realize your childhood is over.  It suddenly hits you that you are about to leave your friends, family, and high school.

High school is known as the best years of our lives because we’re old enough to have more freedom, but young enough to still be supported by our parents.

But now, for most seniors, school feels like jail or a “correctional facility.”

We complain all the time, and constantly say that we can’t wait to graduate. As children, we feared growing up; now, it seems like growing up is all we want to do.

What is so special about being an adult? Most seniors would say the freedom and being able to be on your own. They forgot to mention the bills and the many jobs that you probably won’t enjoy.

You also hear seniors complaining about Carteret County. “I can’t wait to graduate! I just want to leave Carteret County and start fresh,” says senior, Hope White.

There are many seniors who say that when they leave they won’t come back — except for holidays of course.  Some current local residents felt surprisingly similar when they were students.  “I know when I was a senior at East Carteret, I could not wait to ‘get out of Carteret County.’  Surprise!  Now I’m right back where I started…literally less than a mile from the house where I grew up,” says Jessica Robinson, a Croatan English teacher.

Seniors don’t realize that their negative perspective is affecting more than just their own high school experience. Walking down the halls you expect to hear seniors talking about graduating, but now it’s unpredictable; it could be a freshman, sophomore, or junior–the attitude is contagious.

 Yes, being an adult has its perks, but it’s nothing compared to being a teenager. Have you ever heard the phrase, “Life is what you make it?” It also applies to high school. So, be careful what you wish for.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Reported by Gabrielle Hill

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