Life is just a classroom: senior sendoff


Arianna Taylor, Editor-in-Chief

Throughout previous years, I’ve welcomed the last day of school with open arms. I couldn’t wait to spend the summer lounging around with my only stress being whether or not I am reapplying sunscreen enough. Sure I will miss my friends, but now I can drive and see them when I want to anyway. And, most importantly, I’ll be back next year.  But, that is not the case this time. This is the last time I’ll see a majority of the people I have grown up with throughout these years. 

As I think about walking that stage on May 19, I am thankful for all the opportunities I’ve had to learn and grow. A lot of that growth came from looking at others. With how many people are in the world, it’s a miracle that our paths crossed. It’s a miracle that my best friends and I met. They make my world a lot less lonely. It’s a miracle that I met some kids in elementary school who weren’t always kind. They showed me for the first time that people can be mean and judgmental. It’s difficult not to fall into that pit of negativity, especially when everyone around you has. But I’ve learned that resisting it is more rewarding. It’s a miracle that I have met teachers that push me academically. They also taught me that everyone has another life you don’t see. It’s important to remember that our educators are people too, with dreams and responsibilities. They aren’t perfect but they love us more than we realize. 

This most likely is the journalist within me, but there are numerous opportunities to learn in high school. I don’t just mean in an academic sense. Everyone has a story and most people would love to tell it. Asking people about their lives will make them feel less alone and you can learn from them. Make an effort to ask as many questions as you can. Even if you don’t remember exactly what they said, the person will feel valued throughout the conversation. 

As the oldest child in my family, I have always been independent. Some would say a little too independent, and maybe they’re right. My independence doesn’t stem from a fear that everyone else is incompetent. I want to prove to myself that I am strong enough to go through it alone. But just like anyone else, sometimes I do need a shoulder to lean on and that’s okay too. Everyone gets through things in their own way. Spoken constantly by one of the most influential people in my life, Mrs. Heather Lustig-Curran, the best way to make sure the person is cared for is to ask “How can I make your life better?” instead of assuming what a person needs. Respect people’s space, but let them know if things change, you’re there and you love them no matter what. 

To the people who are going through something silently, I hope you know that someone loves you.  Be patient with yourself. Growth isn’t linear. Healing takes time and looks different for everyone. 

To my fellow people pleasers, remember your worth. It’s easy to get caught up in making those around you happy and to forget about yourself. You can’t love anyone if you don’t love yourself. Be kind to others, but make boundaries and stick with them. People will try to walk all over you, don’t let them. You deserve better.

To the Newspaper staff, this has always been my favorite class. I love the environment we have created where curiosity is valued. This class has saved my attendance on plenty of occasions because it was my only motivation. I will miss it the most. 

I can’t wait to see where my life takes me and my peers. I’m hopeful for the future of Class of 2023. If you take nothing away from this, that’s okay. After all, I am only a 17 year-old girl still learning about life. However, I hope you take away that you are loved and beautiful. Thank you for the environment we have created at LCHS. Congratulations, Class of 2023. 


headline inspired by Taylor Swifts “New Romantics”