Photo prompts reflection on high school

By Jared Hinderer

I thought I was going to be able to go without writing a cliché “end of my senior year” column. Turns out, I couldn’t. Throughout high school, I never really thought I would miss it. I always thought that it would be a huge relief to be done with high school. I was only half right. Yes, I will be very glad to finish high school, because I’m excited to start my college education and finally work toward starting a career, but I can’t say that I won’t miss all of this.

So what changed my mind? Well, it all fell on me last night when a friend of mine posted a picture of a group of us at class night on Instagram with the caption, “Bros since seventh grade!” That just hit me with a feeling of “Whoa, I’ve known a lot of these guys for a long time and I won’t be seeing them everyday anymore.” It’s just odd that these people I’ve been hanging out with almost every day for the past six or more years won’t be there anymore. This got me thinking about all the time I could have spent with friends that I didn’t, and I want to get that back now. Many of my best friends will be going several hours away for college, and the others to colleges different from mine, so I won’t have that time anymore. Because of this, I will make the most of the last summer we’ve got together before college and not waste any time.

What I want underclassmen to get from this is that you should cherish the time you have and not take it for granted. Those friends you have now won’t always be there. I’m going to try to remember my own advice and as I start my life at Bellarmine University in the fall of this year. It’s been a great four years here, so I hope to make another great four years there. And I hope my current friends will stick around as much as they can, because they’re the ones who made my last four years the most memorable.

Class Night

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