Graduating from high school: Tears, fears and peers

Created By: Amy Ma Amy Ma

Amy Ma, about to graduate from high school, discusses the excitement, fear and apprehension that she's feeling.

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It’s funny how we all start from the same beginnings but end up in completely different places in life.

Like the very many people before me, my high school years are coming to an end; in fact next week, I’ll have my last few lessons, clear out my locker one last time, say my final goodbyes to classmates and teachers and eventually graduate with all my peers. I know there are a lot of you going through the same thing and hey, welcome aboard this scary ride: destination unknown. Perhaps some people think that graduating from high school is just a tiny chapter in our big book called Life, and there are more important events to come, but to me, it’s a pretty huge milestone.

Jumbled reactions

When I think about graduating from high school, I get a knot at the pit of my stomach. It’s difficult to describe- a jumble of fear, a pang of regret, and sprinkles of nervousness with a side of excitement. There’s a lot of uncertainty and expectation in the air, and I suppose that’s what makes it so exciting, but equally as frightening. Am I moving off to university? Should I just start working and get experience? How will I do in my HSC? A fear develops because we’re afraid we might not find the answers to these questions, or even worse- when we do find them, we may not like the answers at all. The only things we can control are our ability to work our hardest and do our best to look after our health during this gruelling and stressful time. Just give everything your best effort and it will all work itself out in the end when your hard work pays off.

Parting ways with the profs

The next hardest thing about graduating from high school is parting with the teachers you have grown so close to over the years. There are teachers who put so much effort into their classes, inspiring and empowering their students to learn and to succeed. These are the teachers who are the hardest to say goodbye to. But the truth is; they were preparing for you to leave all along. They want you to go out into the world armed with as much information as possible to tackle all the big issues. It’s hard to repay a person who has made such an impact on your life, but a small gift or all your thoughts and thanks written in the form of a letter or card certainly helps make parting ways easier.

Farewell to my friends

The most difficult part for me is by far saying farewell to my classmates. My six years in high school were spent building close and memorable connections with friends. Seeing everyone moving off to fulfil their respective dreams and ambitions certainly makes me wonder if we’ll ever cross paths again. It’s funny how we all start from the same beginnings but end up in completely different places in life. It makes me regret not doing more to get to know more people at my school. Perhaps my life could have changed somehow just by having known them? The lesson here is to meet and talk with as many people as you can while you still have the opportunity. Luckily for our generation, there are social networking sites like Facebook so that we can still maintain some sort of contact after graduating from high school, although nothing really beats having a friend in person.

Onwards and upwards

So this is it- the very last days of the life we have grown so comfortable with. Bidding farewell to high school allows us to keep all the great memories while still moving forward in our lives- to change the world as adults rather than holding onto the past like children. And with this, best of luck in the HSC everyone, and congratulations Class of 2013!

Last reviewed: 19 November, 2014
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