Don’t get me wrong - I am beyond overjoyed that I am finally out of high school
However, the whole graduation practice, graduation itself, and what happens after can just be a huge headache.
Since we live in The Middle of Nowhere, Florida, our outdoor graduation has to take place in the evening to avoid heatstroke and, consequently, lawsuits. But what about the graduates? When do we practice? Let me tell you, honey - in the 90 + degree weather while also subjected to the angry sun god that blazes the living heck out of us. One of my friends even got sun poisoning at our last practice and ended up hitting a car in the Walmart parking lot because she was so out of it (don’t worry, there were no damages and everyone is fine). No one really cares about the potential skin cancer baking on out arms and legs so the school gets away with it.
Thankfully, once we are in the actual process of graduating it is golden hour and all of our pictures look amazing. Because of that, you almost forget that the actual graduation ceremony is three hours long and you are subject to watching everyone in your senior class (most of whom you have never seen in your life) graduate also. Afterwards, there is the stressful process of finding your family. It feels way to similar to losing your mom in the grocery store. However, I will say the relief of graduating far outweighs the stress of finding everyone to say goodbye/take pictures.
As much as I hate to admit it, I’m a bit of a sap. The thing that has been getting to me the most is not seeing my friends everyday.
I got used to seeing the same people in every class every day. Sometimes I only went to school just to talk to my friends because I actually enjoy their presence. That’s why I am at a loss of what to do with myself at the moment. Of course we have gotten together to hang out since graduating, but each time we realize that we are getting closer and closer to actually leaving each other. That’s why we spend hours in a Panera Bread or at a park staring at squirrels chase each other. It’s not because we love bread or strange Florida bugs.
It’s because we love each other omg wow
Typing that made me gag but it’s the truth which is even more weird.
So yes, graduating does suck, especially in my specific case with an outdoor ceremony and an unconventional attachment to a strange group of people. But still, I think it’s good that I am sad about leaving my friends. Not only does it show that I am not in fact a sociopath, it gives other people and rising classes something to aspire to be. I often hear from the rising seniors (class of 2020) how much they love our dynamic within my friend group. It makes me proud to be apart of a group so close-knit and loving, so I guess high school wasn’t all that bad. There will be a point where we have to leave each other, but who says it’s for forever?
Besides, leaving that school has been the biggest stress reliever for me so far.
~ Lexi Prima