My freshman year, I vividly remember seeing a poster welcoming the new class of 2020, plastered on the door of the A building. As cliche as it sounds, that moment was surreal. I was entering a new chapter in my life. I remember thinking how far away my senior year seemed.
I feel like this all came to an end way too fast; whether it was my last football game, last school dance, or just the last day of high school, I could not be more grateful for the many memories I have made.
I’m relieved that my high school experience was a time in my life that I am actually happy with.
Despite the friend group drama, the parties, and the several all-nighters a month, I am extremely proud of how far I have come. Thank you, New Trier, not only for the incredible academics and resources, but the memories and experiences that I have been able to write about weekly.
Honestly though, in the beginning I hated the idea of being an opinions editor. It was uncharted territory for me and I felt uncomfortable knowing I was letting strangers know my beliefs and feelings toward sensitive issues.
Thankfully, Trovato did not give me much of a choice. The conversations and experiences I have had because of my articles gave me some of the most memorable moments I have ever had. But what I am most grateful for is the opportunity I was given to be a part of a community that was constantly supportive and motivated me to be my best self. Thank you for teaching me the value of my voice and the importance of seeking out the truth.
Before I go, I want to encourage you to do the same in college. I don’t mean to pursue the truth in everything you hear because it gets tiring. But if you can, share your experiences with people. It sounds weird but the power of your voice is exactly what gives you the unpredictable memories you will have for a lifetime and builds that supportive group around you.
Anyway, if you have made it this far, thank you for reading my last piece.