by Harry Grigorian '19
The first few months of any school year are tough, but especially senior year. AP courses, college essays, sports—they all really add up. While in other forms, it feels like “getting over the hump” takes place in January’s and February’s cold and short days, for seniors, it feels like “the hump” started September 4th. There are things to look forward to — homecoming dances, good weather, football — but it’s tough. The first 4 months are really a marathon. If we can stay focused and close during this stretch, I’m sure we’ll all benefit. It won’t be easy, but once we make it through here, we’re in the homestretch.
I don’t love talking incessantly or stressing out about college, but I know this is in our collective mind right now. I guess, generally, my hope is that it all works out. We won’t all get into our early choice, we won’t all get into our dream school, so the only thing I can hope for is that everyone is happy in the fall of 2019, no matter where we end up.
School is hard. We have late nights. We have early mornings. I don’t want to speak on behalf of everyone, but we all want to succeed in the classroom. At this point, most of our courses are nearing or are at the college level, yet we are not college students. A Hollywood ending to our final year at STA is unlikely (we won’t all get A+’s in Physics and Euro and Calculus), but an upward trend is perennially sought after and vigorously worked towards.
Despite us graduating in 9 months, we will always be the St. Albans School Class of 2019. In 50 years, the school will mention us on their Facebook page as Joe Smith ‘19. St. Albans’ goal is to create a bond, and our hope is that the bond is never splintered. We’ve all made our lifelong friends and secured our most lasting relationships here. Time will certainly take its toll on us as we spread out to Houston and Miami and Chicago and Los Angeles, but we’ll always be joined by our years here.