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Student columnist article

 

Anxious senior focuses on little things; lives for each day

 

As graduation day approaches, I find myself counting down the days, hours, even minutes to my future. There is a general excitement, as well as an uneasiness, at school as teachers try to cram in as much information as they can before the big day. Seniors plan their lives away after eighteen years of living and going to school at home. We cannot wait to grow up, to go to college, to move away. We tend to focus less on the now and more on the future after high school.
Since my first day of high school, there has been a constant stream of questions. Where are you going to college? What do you want to major in? Where do you think you will be in five years? In ten years?
For a while, I refused to answer these questions because I just plain did not know. I wanted to decide what to do with my life on my own time. I thanked God I still had four years of schooling to decide and I focused on enjoying high school and working hard.
Then senior year came, and I was forced to start thinking about where I wanted to go. Ever since, that is all I have been able to think about. I thought and thought about college and my plans for the future and moving away and, before I knew it, I was in the final fourth quarter of my high school career.
Living in the future, as most teenagers do, is a constant struggle. We plan for the weekends and for winter and spring and then summer break and, right now, we are planning for college. The pressure to plan what we will do for the rest of our lives might cause us pass up enjoying all the blessings that God has given us.
I allowed myself to get wrapped up in the future and what I want to do with my life, so now I am just focusing on the little things and living for each day.
As the popular saying goes, "stop and smell the roses," and give thanks to God for every minute that he gives us on earth.

Hannah Germonprez is a senior at Andrean High School. Email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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