College: The Next Chapter


As we move towards the end of the 2020-2021 school year, many seniors are starting to get prepared and ready for graduation and college. As seniors, we don’t know what to expect out of this next chapter of our lives. It could be exciting or frightening, but whatever the emotions may be, all 4 years of high school have prepared us for this moment.

I sat down with Ryan Sacks, a senior attending Westside, in order to get their point of view.
Me: Did you expect your senior graduation to go this way?
Ryan: I can easily say that I didn’t expect graduation to go down this way. Before Covid-19, I was expecting a normal graduation like everyone else, but the same can be said for now. I didn’t expect to have such a normal graduation under the circumstances, but I’m happy people are trying to make it as normal as possible.

Me: What did high school teach you about that has helped you?
Ryan: High school helped me to become more independent, confident, and resourceful. Through different courses, it has helped me to figure what I think I want to do with my life and I’m grateful to all of my teachers for all of the help they have given me.

Me: What are you going to look forward to in college?
Ryan: While I am staying in Houston, I’m looking forward to having a little more freedom outside of the rigid schedule that is high school. I’m also looking forward to getting to¬† know new people and truly figure out what I want to do during my life.

Me: What are you going to miss about high school?
Ryan: I’m definitely going to miss the atmosphere of high school and the people who are always willing to help you. I know that isn’t the case after high school. I know I’m going to stay in touch with some friends, but I also know I will lose touch with some as well. High school, through all the troubles and work, has still been an amazing experience.

It may not be the same as normally graduating, but it’s definitely safe to say that the feeling will stay the same. We have spent over a year in the pandemic, and the class of 2021 won’t let that stop them from enjoying their remaining time in high school.