What it’s like being a senior

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Lily Ladehoff

Pictures of me throughout in different activities throughout my high school career.

 

Being a senior is a lot different than I expected. Everything seems like it was just yesterday but in reality it was two years ago. The memories made and the photos taken are something I feel like I’ll hold on to forever. Most of the time I don’t even realize that something is going to be my last time doing it. It just doesn’t seem real most of the time because I’ve done the same things for four years. All the years of summer workouts, after school trips to Jersey Freeze, and cheering every Friday night at football games will be over and that’s a big change. It’s just weird knowing everything you’ve done for years you simply won’t anymore. e It’s a bittersweet feeling because I have loved being crazy involved and having many opportunities in high school but I’m also super excited for my next journey. I haven’t decided what I want to study yet, but I am planning on continuing my education at University of Northern Iowa. After doing college visits at Iowa, Iowa State, and University of Northern Iowa, I decided that UNI was the right fit for me. Coming from a small school attending a college with 20,000 students and a huge campus seemed very overwhelming, but I didn’t wanna go to a college with only 2,500 students either. UNI was just the perfect size and felt more “homey” to me. The walk to each building was significantly less far and there was lots of green space and places to be outside which I liked a lot. One of the biggest struggles for me is going to be letting go of all the activities I do in high school. I am currently really involved in dance and cheerleading and I enjoy both of those activities. I am looking into teams and clubs at the university so I don’t think I will ever completely stop being involved but the time commitment will be immensely less. I am excited to have all this new found free time but I think I will also miss the drive and desire to keep on succeeding at both. With all the talks and plans for the future, I am still trying to live in the moment and enjoy every second of my senior year. One of the main reasons I take Journalism is so that I can document my experiences and share them with people in our community. I want a platform that I can look back on when I’m older to remember all the fun memories I have. Overall being a senior isn’t much different from the other grades besides the pressure that’s put on us all to know what we want to do. I try to not think about the fact that everything will be the last time I do it and just live in the moment. I’m so excited to see what the rest of this year holds for me.