Closer Than We Think

Staff Writer: Michael Brown

It feels like we just walked in the doors of Woodstock High School as freshmen just yesterday. And now the Class of 2020 is just about a year from graduation. That’s really scary to think about. One year away from this current era of our lives coming to a close, one year away from going into the real world. Wow.

graduation

Graduation is something that is getting closer and closer for even us juniors. We’re about a year away, and it’s scary to think about – PHOTO CREDIT – AZCentral

As we got closer (and continue to get closer) to this year’s graduation, I keep thinking about how it’s gonna go for our class. Or how the next year is going to go. What could change, how are lives are gonna change, etc. It’s really crazy. It got even more real the other day when Cady Studios came to talk to us about Senior Portraits. During that meeting it became even more real; this is really going to happen soon. This kind of had me going into a deep thinking trance and I started thinking about different things, asking myself questions in my mind, and I was thinking of how I could answer them, because I thought the answers to these were important. Here were the questions I asked myself:

  • What’s my current mindset right now? What am I focused on in life? Is it school/preparing for college, or is it something completely different?
  • Am I content with where things are in my life right now? How are things going for me?
  • Am I excited for senior year? Or am I more nervous? Sad? How am I feeling about our upcoming final year of high school?
  • What are my goals both over the summer and then also what are my goals for the next school year? What am I most concerned with, or in other words, what are my biggest goals for the near future (by this I mean between now and graduation).

As I thought about these, pondered them, I thought to myself, “Self, it would be really cool if you interviewed some of your friends and asked them these questions.”

So that’s what I did!

  1. What’s my current mindset right now? What am I focused on in life? Is it school/preparing for college, or is it something completely different?

 

Abi Halls: “Right now I’m focused on figuring out where I want to go to college and why I should pick certain places over others and things like that. I want to set up my life for success, but at the same time, I am terrified that I will set it up for failure.”

 

Camilo Rincon: “My current mindset right now is to completely focus on school until AP exams end. I’m starting to shift my focus more on preparing for college as I have 2 months until that process begins.”

 

Tess Cope: “My mindset right now is to grind on test prep for SAT and to try to figure out what I want to do with my life.”

 

My Response: “I’d say I’m in a solid mindset right now. I don’t want to say I have the college stuff on the “backburner” necessarily, but it’s not something I’m constantly thinking about either. Right now I want to see how I can finish this school year as strongly as possible while also giving as little effort as possible. Stay happy, stay relaxed, that’s all that matters.”

SAT

The SAT and other standardized tests are on the mind of just about all kids in our grade right about now – PHOTO CREDIT – CNN

 

  1. Am I content with how things are going in my life right now? How are things going for me?

 

Abi Halls: “I am not content in any way with my life right now. I am a mess and have no idea what I want to do. I’m just barely skating by because I’m afraid to fail and my being afraid is making me underperform in places I shouldn’t – whether it be school, relationships with friends, etc. – and I feel like I am not giving my 100% best and that’s what I currently long for.”

 

Camilo Rincon: “I’m okay with how I’m ending the year. There are a few missed opportunities that could have happened if I would’ve tried harder.”

 

Tess Cope: “I’m definitely content with where I am; I’m trying really hard to combat early senioritis. It’s crazy that I already have that type of feeling when we haven’t even finished junior year. It’s kinda like how Black Friday shopping starts at 6:00 on Thanksgiving night nowadays!”

 

My Response: “I am thrilled with where I am right now. Obviously nobody wants to say they peaked in high school, and that’s definitely not the plan, but I’m just so happy right now. Things are going well with school, my AP exams are done, so the school year is pretty much wrapped up at this point. I have the absolute best friends in the whole entire world (there’s a shameless plug for my previous article talking about my friends – check it out!!), and now I have a job too. It’s all just going so well.”

friends

Not to keep dwelling on it, considering I did a whole piece on them last month, but my friends are the greatest. Here are some of us at the CCSD Academic Bowl Tourney. In terms of the people you see in this article, that’s Camilo second from the left, that’s me with the blue shorts, that’s Tess with the necklace, and that’s Abi on the far right – PHOTO CREDIT – Me

 

  1. Am I excited for senior year? Or am I more nervous? Sad? How am I feeling about our upcoming final year of high school?

 

Abi Halls: “I don’t know how I feel about senior year. It doesn’t seem to feel real to me right now. I don’t feel old enough to take on the world, but whether or not I’m ready, it’s coming and I need to prepare myself for the best and worst.”

 

Camilo Rincon: “Senior year I’m less nervous about the material than I am the monumental jump I’m going to take at the end of it one way or another.”

 

Tess Cope: “I’m excited for senior year but like really it’s just gonna be another year. I’ll definitely cry at the end of the year and will miss everyone.”

 

My Response: “I think it’s all of those combined. I’m nervous in that I know a lot of my future can be determined by what happens over the next 12 months. It’s also kind of sad, because I’m gonna miss so many people once it’s all over. But in that same light, I’m gonna have such an amazing year with these people, and we’re gonna make so many memories. And I’m excited about it. I feel like if I just don’t think about it being our last year together it’ll make it easier, but then I’ll get to the end and it’ll all hit me at once. I don’t really know yet. I kind of have this weird idea that it’ll go similarly to High School Musical 3, but I’m not quite sure yet.”

 

  1. What are my goals both over the summer and then also what are my goals for the next school year? What am I most concerned with, or in other words, what are my biggest goals for the near future (by this I mean between now and graduation).

 

Abi Halls: “For the near future, I honestly just want to enjoy the good times before they are gone. Sure there will be good times in the future, but you can never go back and re-do anything over again, so giving 100% to the present is really the current goal.”

 

Camilo Rincon: “This summer I just want to successfully balance GHP and my job if I can. However my goal for the near future is to narrow down my college list and get an SAT score I’m fine with.”

 

Tess Cope: “My goal is to try to keep in touch with my friends. I’m really bad at talking to people out of school, and I want to after everything keep tabs on the friend group. And also have fun, of course.”

 

Michael Brown: “The goal for the summer is simple. Make some bank, but also make some memories. Have fun with friends, and do lots of stuff with them. In terms of the school year, the goal, once again, is to have fun. Remain stress free. When you combine that with all the fun stuff I’m going to do stuff with my friends, and all the senior stuff we have to do. It’s gonna be awesome. I’m excited. Obviously I want to continue to do well in school, and to get into colleges I want to go to, but that’s a given. And as long as I remain with no stress and full of happiness, everything else will work out.”

camilo

When I talk about making memories with friends, it’s this type of stuff. I’ll never forget this day. Sure, it seems like an ordinary trip to Walmart. But what you don’t realize is that Camilo had to be escorted out of this Walmart by security. I was ROLLING – PHOTO CREDIT – Me

 

So there you have it. Four different perspectives from four different juniors on what they see when they think about these next 12 months of our lives. I know we’re all excited, but I also hope it doesn’t come too fast. I love these guys too much for that.

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