One day at a time: students must appreciate, fully experience high school before graduation quickly arrives

Anna Wonderlich, Co-Editor

With only a few days left in the first semester, I had an epiphany — I’m only three semesters away from finishing high school.
I repeat. Three semesters.
My junior year is halfway done, and all I can ask myself is, “Where has the time gone?”
Whoever said high school is the longest four years of your life was totally wrong.
Now this may sound a little bit crazy, but I love high school.
I would love to have less homework and stress just like any other student would, but I’m not exactly counting down the days until graduation with as much anticipation as other students do.
Many teenagers tweet or say things like, “Can’t wait to graduate and get out of Kansas already,” but I just can’t seem to understand.
I’m so comfortable at Blue Valley — I know a lot of people, and they know me — and I don’t feel like I’m ready to “get out of here” just yet.
Maybe it’s because I don’t like change, or maybe it’s just because I’ve had a really great high school experience.
I know I’m definitely going to miss the Friday night foot- ball games, the intense class competitions and the amazing friends I’ve made while at BV.
The average student will have spent around 18,000 to 21,600 hours at school by the time they graduate in May — and that doesn’t even include the time spent participating in extracurricular activities.
It sounds like that’s a ton of time spent at school, but it sure doesn’t feel like it.
High school is going by way too fast.
In just four short years, we’re supposed to transition from getting dropped off in the BV circle drive every morn-
ing freshman year to living independently in college.
Of course college is going to be a great new experience
with all this freedom, but we need to just enjoy high school before it’s over.
Graduation will come eventually — for some, not quick enough, but for me, too soon.
So, listen up underclassmen: you still have a few years left. As cliché as it sounds, make it count and get involved — just do something.
Try that activity you’ve always been interested in that you never got around to joining.
High school will fly by a lot faster than you expect, so don’t reach the end of senior year wishing you would have taken a certain class or tried out for a certain sport that you never did.
I mean, YOLO, right?
And as for the upperclassmen: we have a limited number of Homecoming dances, varsity home football games, mu- sicals and other events left — don’t let counting down the days until graduation prevent you from fully enjoying these activities.
Just take your four years of high school one day at a time.