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Friday, November 3, 2017

Leaving High School



A couple of days ago I wore my school uniform for the last time. I can't believe I've finished high school. Since I've left, I've had a bit of time to reminisce about the last five years. The memories I will be taking away are primarily my happiest and proudest moments however that doesn't mean I didn't experience sadness or disappointment during my high school years. Even though I prefer to remember the positives, I can't pretend like the negative times never happened as the challenges I faced in high school play a very important part in this five year journey. Even though I'm prepared to continue on the next chapter of my life, I can't say I'm not grateful for the things high school has given me. Not only am I leaving with new knowledge, memories and friendships, I'm also leaving with a confidence my Year Nine self didn't enter the school with. I know that what I have to say has value, as do my strengths and abilities. I'm no longer that shy 13 year old who was to afraid to speak up or put myself out there. I've grown so much as a person during the five year timespan and I'm so thankful to be leaving the school as a wiser, bolder version of myself.

I'd always imagined what my final day would look like. Tuesday definitely didn't pan out the way I expected it to. To be honest, it felt like any other school day. Final assignments were due and since I was so busy trying to complete them, it felt like my typical Tuesday. The only thing that made it special was the fact that we opened our time capsules from Year Nine. In our first year of high school, we were told to write a letter to our future selves. These were to be opened in our last year. When I was finally reunited with my letter I was surprised to see that my handwriting hadn't changed one bit. Anyone could easily mistake the letter as something I wrote recently. In my letter, I talked about my form class as well as my favourite things at the time. At the end of my letter I had written "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." Am I sad to be leaving high school? Of course, but a part of me is definitely ready to move on. And since I've finally settled on what I want to do next year, I'm excited to see what's to come.

How did you feel after graduating high school OR how do you feel about graduating high school? Let me know down below! Thanks for reading!



18 comments:

  1. I love the quote “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened” that’s so positive & uplifting ☺️. I felt excited and nervous when I graduated from uni as I didn’t know what the future would hold. This is a lovely blog post and I wish you every success in the next exciting chapter of your life xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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    1. Thank you so much Bexa! Your comment is really sweet. I really appreciate your kind words. :-) AnnieChanie

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  2. I was so emotional when I left school which I didn't expect at all. I guess I didn't realise how much I liked it until it was over. Good luck in whatever your next chapter holds for you 💖

    Sophie
    Www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. I think I'm still processing the fact that high school's over. I'm definitely sad to be leaving but I'm also really excited to experience Uni. Thank you! AnnieChanie

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  3. Lovely post! When I finished I was sad but glad it was over and ready for new things. Good luck with everything you've got next x

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts Katie! And the good luck wishes too! :-) AnnieChanie

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  4. I was the class of 2000 and sad to leave but so excited for things to come. I was looking firward to starting college as ‘Leanne’ as all through school I was know as a twin; my sister didn’t go to college but chose an apprenticeship instead. It was lovely to be just me for a while and make different friends.
    I love how you say ‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened’ it’s a sentence I can apply to lots of points in my life.

    LeanneDawnTwin1

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    1. I like the idea of having a fresh start at Uni. I'm excited to make new friends and memories as well as gain new knowledge and experience. Thanks so much for commenting Leanne! AnnieChanie

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  5. It's great that you're so confident, I didn't find that confidence in myself until after I left university! I was exited to leave school- I'd enjoyed sixth form but I had a lot of stuff I was excited about- a girls holiday, a long summer, and starting university. I was also the shy one in school so was looking forward to I guess leaving that label behind and starting afresh.

    Alice | Alice In Wonderlust

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    1. Thank you for the comment Alice! I'm looking forward to a long summer as well! Once exams are over, I'll be able to enjoy the 2 month break before Uni starts next year. AnnieChanie

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  6. What a beautiful post, it transported me back 9 years ago to my last day of school. It was both an excitement fuelled day as well as something a little scary. I wish you all the luck in your future!

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    1. Thanks so much for the feedback Zoe! I'm so glad you enjoyed reading it! :-) AnnieChanie

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  7. congratulations! I have not missed high school one little bit..

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  8. I graduated from high school back in 2010 and I was glad I could move onto something much more exciting and go to uni, meet new people, etc! xx corinne

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    1. I think I'm leaving high school with a similar attitude to yours! Thanks so much for commenting Corinne! :-) AnnieChanie

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  9. So your handwriting has always been that neat? Jk, but that's awesome you feel that way [Insert le cheesy smiley that I'm too lazy to do despite me writing a whole sentence. I'm weird ;~) oh wait I did do a face]

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    1. Haha, thanks for commenting! :-) AnnieChanie

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