Feelings on graduation: happy, sad, or nervous?

Happy- Karoline Betteridge

It has arrived. After 13 years of hard work, the class of 2017 will finally get to walk across that stage in front of the parents, family, and peers, receive their diploma, and never have to return to Hilliard Darby High School ever again. The anticipation is killing me.


  A lot of people are sad that they will be leaving Panther
Nation. That’s understandable; it’s difficult knowing that you may never see some of the people in your graduating class again. You won’t see your favorite teachers in the hallways, or in class. You won’t be able to talk with the same group of friends you’ve always had about assignments you have in common or compare notes with them. Not to mention the stress and anxiety that could come with moving to a new place and a new school. However, every senior should be happy that this chapter of their life is coming to a close.


  Graduating high school means starting a new journey. In college, you’ll make new friends and find new things you love to do. You may even discover that you are passionate about something that you never thought you would. The opportunities to succeed and build your skills and relationships are endless. While college may be stressful, you know that you are working toward something you want to do for the rest of your life. There is so much more freedom in the classes you take. If you decide you don’t want to be a teacher, then you can easily switch majors to something else that you enjoy more.


  Even if you’re not going to college, you can still pursue your dreams. Say you want to be a musician, or start your own business. You can do that! The only thing stopping you from achieving whatever you want is you. That’s the best thing about graduating high school. You’re now an adult, and yes you have new responsibilities, but you now have the freedom to make your own decisions and start your own life. I don’t see how it can get much better than that!



Sad – Kiera Toliver

Next week is graduation, and it’s something I thought that I was ready for for years, but now that’s it’s here it’s kind of upsetting. Going through high school it seemed like I had so much time, and that graduation would never come. Graduating comes with leaving this school and the people in it, and I think that will be the hardest part, and that’s what makes it so sad.


  Like most people, I have made a lot of friends in my four years at Darby, but unfortunately I won’t be going to college with any of them. I will be starting college without anyone I know, and that makes me emotional. Graduating is the start of that.


  Not only will I miss the friends I have made, but I will also miss all the great teachers that I have had. I learned a lot about academics and about life from them, and I gained a lot of life experiences like building resumes, how to be a productive member of society, and how to make a difference in people’s lives and in the world. This is really important to me, and knowing that I will be leaving all these people behind makes me sad to graduate.


  I made so many memories, doing stuff with my friends on the weekends, playing sports, and watching school performances, and knowing that’s all over is upsetting.


  Leaving is going to be the hardest part, and when I cry at graduation that will be the reason why. Knowing that I’m leaving my friends and the place where I made some of my best memories behind is heartbreaking. I’m too sentimental to leave all these people and memories behind.



Nervous- Edleen Nieto

The day is finally coming, the day you’ll be sitting down with all the classmates you have grown up with while your family and friends are watching from the audience proudly because you are GRADUATING! But what if things go wrong and that memorable day won’t be anything but an embarrassing story?

  On May 24th all seniors are going to be graduating and I’m more than excited to be heading to college but the fear of me doing something dumb that day is always present in my mind. I’m the kind of person that falls over the smallest rock on the floor or my leg just decides to interfere with my other leg. Imagine everyone staring at you while they say your name and you walking to the principal who’s ready to give you your diploma and you fall on stage. This is why I’m nervous for that day to come.

  Also I’m nervous because I have a record on being late to every event. It doesn’t matter if I get ready five hours before the time I have to be somewhere, something always comes and ruins my scheduled plan. I have the fear of me not being on time or something like food ruins my dress because anything light colored I wear gets dirty.

  Me being nervous about everything is normal for me. Any big event I have, I get the feeling that I’m going to throw up and that every bad thing possible is going to happen. At the end of the day things tend to always turn out fine. The moment you walking on stage and everyone is cheering you is going to be the best feeling ever.

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