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The class of 2017 reflects on their time in high school during their graduation.

The class of 2017 reflects on their time in high school during their graduation.

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The class of 2017 reflects on their time in high school during their graduation.

Quinn Cunningham

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The other day I was looking through all of my Google Drive files. During this, I began to read some of my essays and presentations from throughout my four years at Hersey.

From my freshman year I found my social forces essay, political issues presentation, reflections on Inherit the Wind, and a variety of weekly writing assignments. These pieces of work demonstrate to me of how much I have grown as a writer and a thinker. My thoughts as a freshman were simplistic, straight-forward, with little-to-no nuance. When I compare those pieces of writing and opinions to where I am at now, I see a drastically different thinker and person.

As graduation draws closer, all seniors should engage in similar reflection. Find some time to sit down and really reflect on the past four years: what were we like when we entered high school, what were our goals, who were we friends with, what music did we like, what were our political beliefs (if any at all), what did we value? Compare that to who we are know and understand how we have changed, for better or worse.

Think about the meaningful social, academic, or spiritual events that we experienced. Think about the mistakes we made: the activity we wish we signed up for, the broken friendship, the negative attitude we had. But also think about what we are proud of: the activity we did sign up for, the positive relationship we developed, the moments of excitement and joy.

High school is a dynamic time, and it is easy to forget how much we have developed. For this reason, it may be most helpful to actually write or type the reflection. I wish I had more reflections from my freshman year; I wish I could have a glimpse at my previous thoughts.

Moving forward, college is perhaps the most dynamic and formidably years in life. So take some time, sit down, grab a pen and paper (or computer), and write about our experiences in high school and who we are at this moment. A few years from now I think we will again be able to look back, smile, and realize how much we have grown.

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Senior Quinn Cunningham is a news editor and has served on staff since 2017.

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