We have one year left, let's be friends
BY MARY SLADE DUKE and MARIA PROKOPOWICZ on SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
Sup, class of 2014? This one’s for you.
You always hear that senior year “flies by” and is the shortest, and for some, best year of your life (so far, we hope). As the year has just begun, we have plenty of time to see if this will prove true.
Our class has been together for three years now, fighting the uphill battle that is high school. Why is it then, that after all this time it still feels like we all barely know each other?
The obvious answer is that everybody has his or her group of friends, their clique. Let’s face it, we’re all in a clique, whether it’s three people or twenty.
There is nothing wrong with having a close group of friend; it is actually a really great thing. However, now that our time as a class together is less than nine months long, we might as well branch out of our cliques and make some new friends before the opportunity is lost.
There are plenty of simple ways to make a few new buds before graduation. The easiest? Say hey to someone random in the hallway. Give ‘em a high five. Or a hug. Maybe you’ll spark up a beautiful friendship.
Another way to make some new friends is to join a new club or try out for a sport that you have always wanted to play but just never had the confidence to go out for. High school is the perfect time to try new sports, especially because in college you might actually have to be good at a sport to be on a team.
Stepping out of your comfort zone senior year is tricky because we are all so comfortable with our friends and what we do. But, in less than a year, we will all be taking the biggest leap out of our comfort zone imaginable. Why not get some practice now?
We’re only a few weeks into our senior year and people are already showing signs of reluctance to just get along. Jim Bob doesn’t like Billy because Billy hit Jim Bob’s best friend, Joe. Suzie doesn’t like Sally because Sally got a better grade on the math test. These fights are trivial and silly but they are apparent every day. We have one year left, so why not make it water under the bridge and hug it out?
Our time at Rose is limited, and although we are all itching to get out of here, we should enjoy the time we have left together.
We want to say that it doesn’t matter anymore what happened a year or two, or even a month, ago. It doesn’t matter if you have never talked to someone the entire time we have been in high school. Use the fleeting time we have left here to try something new and reach out to someone you never have before.
Let’s all be friends for the next nine months. Let’s unite as a grade and leave our mark on this school. Let’s be the best seniors this school has ever seen. Turn up or transfer. Meet me at Minges!!!!!!!