• Laura Alyssa Platé

An Open Letter to the Rising Seniors at SRBC

Updated: Jun 5, 2019

May 26, 2019

Dear Rising SRBC Seniors,

I know school just ended and you're exhausted from end of the year testing. I know you're excited about this summer and the adventures that will come with being able to venture out to Racetrack with your friends for icees and staying up late talking about all you hope your future will be. I know you're ready to graduate. I know you're ready to be in college and feel the freedom beneath your wings. I've been there, I remember, and I wish I could savor those minutes of freedom now that they've passed.

As exciting as it is, it is equally if not more scary to think that college is just around the corner. I have been thinking back on the 4 years I spent at Collins Hill and how much fun I had, and all of the memories I made... but I was also thinking about what I wish someone had told me before I walked in the door on my first day of Senior Year.

You are about to embark come August on the last 180 days of you 2,340 day journey through the PS system The first 13 years of your education are about to come to a close with a couple of handshakes, a funny looking dress, and piece of paper. You should be proud of yourselves. But don't rush it away. The moment you sit down in those never ending rows of students, wide eyed and ready for what the world has in store for them will come soon enough, and when you wait through the endless list of names until you hear yours called I hope you remember more smiles than heartbreaks, more laughter than stress, and more pride in what you have accomplished than relief that it's finally over.

This summer before the tidal wave of college deadlines and last minute stressors hit, take some time for yourself. Go out with your friends, make a bucket list for senior year and include things on it that are ever so slightly out of your comfort zone. When school starts back make time to go support you friends. Go to plays, go to sporting events, go to random things put on by clubs that sound kinda cool. It isn't to late to make new friends or try new things, so take advantage of the familiarity of your surroundings and branch out a little. Let go of things you've been holding onto that don't excite you anymore just because you've always done them. (That doesn't mean skip math though.)

Study, study, study! This first semester will suck, I won't sugar coat it. You'll have deadlines on deadlines on deadlines, The good news is that you'll be so busy senioritis won't be able to catch up to you, the bad news is that you'll be so busy it'll be easy to take in the beautiful chaos of it all. You'll start to feel burnt out but don't let it get to you, take a few deep breaths and buckle down so that when spring rolls around you have a cushion to fall on. Don't worry, the spring will be better. Prom, and Senior Week, and Senior Letters are coming, I promise.

Say thanks to the teachers who have been there for you through the years. Not just high school either. Go back to the elementary school that first shaped your young mind and hug your kindergarten teacher. Remember, this is the last chance you'll really have to skip lunch and hang out with your teachers, so do it as often as you're allowed and savor the advice they have for you. As much as you'll miss one or two of them, the majority of your teachers will miss the majority of you. You probably already realized, but they're pretty cool people and they get up at Oh Dawn Thirty to see your bright sunshiny face every day, so take them coffee if you can.

No matter what happens this year, no matter what colleges accept you, no matter what rank you graduate with, no matter what your GPA is, no matter how many chords hang around your neck next May, know that I and so many other people are so, so proud of you. Know that you can always come home. Know that you are loved. Know that other people have been in your shoes and are more than willing to talk to you, or cry with you, or celebrate with you. And we will.

Finally, I know it seems like graduation is forever and a half away but I swear if you blink you will be getting your college cap and gown, wondering where all the time you thought you had went. Make memories, take pictures, laugh a lot, get stressed out but don't pull so many all-nighters you hurt yourself. It's high school. I won't say it's the best four years of your life, but it's definitely 4 years of your life worth living every second of to the fullest.

I am so proud of each of you,

All my love,


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