By Casey Tokeshi
There’s always a first. The first time spent your last dollar on a chip bag that ended up getting stuck in the vending machines. A loose shoelace and that first misstep on the staircases. The sharp pain and bitter laughter that comes with that first C+. High school never fails to bring a new piece to the table. However, as a senior and as I find my time on our gray campus beginning to wind down. I find new experiences a rarity, knowing many of the things I do now at LCHS are going to be my last, like visiting the elementary schools with the orchestra or checking off the number of assemblies and paper crowns I get to collect.
The sense of relief that comes with finalizing my presence at LCHS can’t help but be balanced by an overwhelming sense of anxiety. Unanswered questions of the future loom over me. What am I going to do now? Where should I go next? It is these questions that invoke the bittersweet and foster my wanderlust and it is these questions that conquer senior year of high school. Not everyone goes to college with the ambition of an academic scholar or even seeks higher education at all. We’ve all been guaranteed a spot in elementary school and high school. But the afterwards, having personal/external expectations or not, is unclear. The unsettling nature of youth culture is that, quite unsettling. I can’t wait to leave home, but then again, I can’t wait to get back to the familiar musty, warm smells of my blankets after a long day.
For many of us, these connections with LCHS, our friends, our home are expected to be severed at the end of four long years of drudgery in order to bloom in adult society. Although some of us will ‘fail’ and fall back to PCC, we are finally stepping outwards, choosing the colors, the textures, and the flavors for the rest of our lives. Now, as we seniors head full-heartedly and undoubtedly into the last semester, it’s not hard to understand brevity, what’s ending, and what’s beginning.
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