Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Jaiden West's Message to Seniors


Issue 7 of The Pulse was written completely by seniors, for seniors. This issue was as personal to us as the relationships we have formed with you all over the years, and the ones you have formed with each other. Change is painful. Drastic change is even more painful. We have gotten used to the comfortability of the day to day schedule of school, the assurance that we will see our friends and have tranquility from whatever issues we may have had the day before. 

   The same reason why we feel better when we hear that someone else failed the same test we did is also why “going out into the real world” is often described as lonesome. Finding comfort through people we can relate to is sometimes the only thing that can get someone through the day. As the Class of ‘22, we have had our entire high school career disrupted due to a worldwide pandemic. Such an experience is something that very rarely has happened in history, yet something that we can understand. Many of us can now joke about what we were thinking when we first learned that’d we’d be off an extra two weeks of school. Experiences like that, even the more mundane ones, is what ties us together as we leave highs chool and embark on our futures. Many of us have gone to school with the same people since kindergarten, and I myself find it hard to wrap my mind around that there will come a day, very soon, that I will no longer find comfort in seeing those faces in the hallway. 

   I’m not Dr. Disney, but I, and the newspaper staff, would like to leave you with a few words of encouragement. While we may no longer be high schoolers, the world itself can often be comparative to a school. Every day we are sat down and taught lessons, things that are expected to help us in our future. It’s easy to forget them once we walk out of the school doors, and believe that we will never actually use what we’ve been taught. The world is full of lessons and if we’re not looking, we might miss them. Being open to the lessons that we are taught can be the small line between success and failure. 

   We do not need some magic answer to be successful, we all have the power already inside of us. It’s time for all of us to move on and finally find the answer to what we have been asked since we were little: “what are you going to do when you’re older?”