A thank you and hello, future

Lexi Ferden, Opinion Writer

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Things are about to change. Although this can be hard, think of it as the beginning of a new chapter. These past years, I’ve learned some important life lessons, and have met some incredible people. I’ve gone through tough times and happy times. I’ve made memories I will never forget and will cherish forever. But, I’m ready to begin this new journey in my life.

Thank you to all of my friends and all of my past friends, you know who you are. You have all taught me so much about who I am, and know me better than I know myself. More specifically, you have allowed me to branch out and become more confident in who I am. Even though I wasn’t very involved throughout high school, the late nights and crazy, unplanned adventures are what I find so cherishable. Although I know how anxious we all are to get out of high school, it breaks my heart to know things won’t be the same after our names are called and we walk across that stage. I know you all have bright futures ahead of you. Just remember to work hard for what you want. You are all so loved and appreciated, more than you’ll ever know.

To each and every one of my classmates, thank you. Thank you for football game memories and talent show performances. Thank you for the laughs in the classroom since kindergarten. Thank you for Kairos – special shoutout to K29 and K33. But to everyone I’ve met on this journey, although we may have never talked, or were only acquaintances, you guys made my high school experience.

Mrs. Wagner, thank you. You make your classroom feel like home and your students feel like friends. You gave me a place to put my words and always thought highly of my writing. Your heart is the kindest, and your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed!

To my family, thank you. I can’t put into words how much you guys have meant to me throughout my life. I love every single one of you with my whole heart, and probably couldn’t have made it this far without your unconditional love and support. Time is flying by so fast. Dad, it feels like you were just picking me up from St. Jude’s or teaching me how to drive. Mom, it seems like just yesterday you were singing, “O Holy Night” to me while rubbing my back as I’d fall asleep. I can’t wait to go through more milestones like this with you guys. You’re the most important people in my life and I appreciate you more than you’ll ever know. Although I’ve always been shy, these people have allowed me to branch out in order to prepare the world for what I have to offer. I’m sad this chapter in my life is ending, but I’m ecstatic for what the future holds for me during college and after. It may be scary, but with dedication, hard work and, most importantly, a kind heart, I know I will get somewhere in my life. I know God has a plan for me, all I need to do is trust. Thank you to everyone who has made an impact on my life. Hello future, I’m ready to take you on.