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CHS Junior - Student Columnist
By Stephanie Madden

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An ever growing scene of books in cars, tired expressions on everyone’s faces, and a building frustration has become standard for my classmates and me as we readily await the last day of school. Of course it has just begun, but it is funny how close running events and deadlines can make you want to jump a year ahead. How many of us have hoped to jump forward and looked back only to miss the days we wished away?

Fortunately, we have exciting things such as Halloween, the Memory Walk and the upcoming International Festival to look forward to! I will not tire you with talk about the bad weather we obviously have heading our way, because I know you read my thoughts to escape such nuisances.

One of the more difficult parts of life is escaping the chance we may make a mistake and disappoint. We all know a lot about disappointing adults, but what happens when we disappoint ourselves and our peers? It is a lot more difficult to face ourselves and people closer to us when we make mistakes.

Mistakes, such as taking days and people for granted, which we all wish we would not do. I know personally I have allowed college essays and other important things to affect the people around me, which we all do. A quick note to parents: we all know that the more that is put on our plate the less we can sit down and talk, but I assure you by the end of the year you will be wishing us all good luck and pushing us out the doors so we can start supporting ourselves.

Actually, a very scary thought is the fact that in a few years we will be working for ourselves and not just other people. I know I am not the only person who has considered this as a big problem. I am not dependent on others to help me get things done, but for most of us living by ourselves is something we have yet to experience to the full capacity. Those of us who are very close to our parents know that it will make it that much more difficult to separate ourselves and go far away.

An interesting question is when are we fully considered responsible for our actions? Most of us would hope the answer to that question is never, but we all know better. I know we are all wondering if everything will get better when we handle it by ourselves, when we step into the unknowns.

Hopefully we do not lose hope in the rush of getting all of our essays and applications done, whenever everyone chooses to get it started. Just know that there is a whole lot of us out there wishing we did not have to do it by ourselves, but I guess it is our introduction to the real world.

The best of luck to all the seniors like me stepping into the world of applications and wishing we were little kids again watching Pooh bear because Pooh bear would never ask us to write all these essays!


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