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The Journal Rewired

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The Journal Rewired

The student online newsmagazine of SHS

The Journal Rewired

My Turn(er)

‘You don’t have to be sorry for leaving and growing up’
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Since we hit the second semester, something has felt off. I’ve spent the last 18 weeks denying that I was going to graduate and head off to college, but something about having my last winter break and starting my last semester of high school flipped the switch in my mind.

I’m beyond excited for college, but there is definitely a part of me that is sad to leave high school. I’ve been in school with the same people essentially for the past 12 years and walking across the stage will be a final goodbye to everyone before we’re sent off into the rest of the world. Growing up is a weird feeling, and I’m still getting used to it.
The lyric I chose for this issue is one from the song “Matilda” by Harry Styles, a song about having a chosen family and the feeling of belonging. I felt like it applied as I continue to get ready to move on from high school. Styles said, “You don’t have to be sorry for leaving and growing up.”

I’ve spent all year denying the fact that I would have to graduate and leave the people and classrooms I’ve known for a significant amount of time and feeling sorry about having to leave and grow up. When I officially accepted my offer of admission for college, my mindset changed entirely. It was real now. For years, I had been preparing and planning for college. I wrote an endless amount of essay

s, but once I hit the “confirm enrollment” button, something changed. It felt final. The goal I had been working towards for the past four years was on its way to being over.

However, I still have a semester left, and I don’t plan on dropping the ball anytime soon. Lacrosse season is about to start, and I couldn’t be more excited. Coach Rachel Frantz convinced me to join last year, and I’m so glad she did. I’ve played softball and volleyball before, but lacrosse is a new sport that I get to learn and I’ve had so much fun. I am excited though. This summer is going to be full of travel and getting ready to move an hour away from home. Am I nervous about having to meet new people and make new friends? Of course I am. But, as Styles put it, I don’t need to be sorry for growing up.

Ultimately, I’m excited to graduate and explore what’s out there for me past the halls of SHS. Ready? Not quite, but I can finally say that I’ve accepted that I have to leave and I’m okay with it. I’m excited to finish this year strong with great classmates and fellow staffers to produce some amazing work. Frantz convinced me to join last year, and I’m so glad she did. I’ve played softball and volleyball before, but lacrosse is a new sport that I get to learn and I’ve had so much fun.

I am excited though. This summer is going to be full of travel and getting ready to move an hour away from home. Am I nervous about having to meet new people and make new friends? Of course I am. But, as Styles put it, I don’t need to feel sorry for growing up. Ultimately, I’m excited to graduate and explore what’s out there for me past the halls of SHS. Ready? Not quite, but I can finally say that I’ve accepted that I have to leave and I’m okay with it. I’m excited to finish this year strong with great classmates and fellow staffers to produce some amazing work.

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About the Contributor
Gretchen Turner, Editor-in-Chief
Wow. Hey guys! For the third and final time on staff, my name is Gretchen. It’s almost crazy to think about it being my last year because yesterday I was just a little freshman in Intro to Journalism soaking in each word that Mr. K said to me and worshiping each new issue that The Journal came out with. I still have all of them on my bookshelf. Now, coming back as a senior and the Editor-in-Chief of the publication that I’ve spent all of high school fangirling over is like a dream come true. I can’t wait to see what our staff accomplishes and to see all the memories we make together. With that being said, I also do a bunch outside of school. I am a volunteer at the Indianapolis Zoo (with the dolphins specifically), and I’ve had so much fun the past couple summers. I also am a volleyball referee during the winters. More recently, I started working at Starbucks. As busy as I sound, I make sure I’m home at least a little bit so I can spend time with my family, dogs and boyfriend. This year is going to be full of new experiences, as does anyone’s senior year, but I can’t wait to see how we grow here on The Journal!

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