Graduating early was an exciting and difficult transition into my life.
I have never felt so belittled in my entire life before this decision. I worked so hard, and spent countless sleepless nights and my entire summer to accomplish this. Unfortunately, during this school year the class of 2016 did not give a warm welcome. Forever being called "the junior", I am in fact not a junior. I am a senior at Creek and I've earned this title. At the beginning of the school year I was so excited to graduate, full of spirit and perseverance. The only thing that lasted were the scraps of perseverance I had left at the end of the year. My first period was absolutely miserable. I can specifically remember one day when we were writing adjectives about ourselves using the letters of our names to start out the word. Having a U in my name made this a little difficult. Mrs. Holloway was kind to say that I was unique, while another student blurted out "Underage". It was much easier just to laugh at myself like the rest of the class did then… to think that I actually had feelings. I am so thankful to the girl who sat to the left of me during 1st period who genuinely talked to me because her kindness saved me during this class without even knowing it.
Homecoming week is usually the most exciting time of the school year because we are able to dress up for each day. The finale of the week is the infamous Senior Cross Dress Day. Since this was my Senior year at Creek and my last homecoming week, I participated. Today I still wish I never did. People were very angry at me to even think that I could dress up or enjoy my senior year. As I know I will never be truly accepted by the seniors, even when I walk the stage with them.
It was a difficult year with many emotions of trying to fit in with the rest of my class. Despite these challenges,I am beyond excited to be graduating. I have worked diligently and will be receiving Honor Cords, and my Certificate of Completion with the Finance Academy. I am proud that I pushed myself through two online AP classes, although on my way to the exam I got a flat tire and begged my rescuer to take me to Krispy Kreme while the hot donut sign was on. Luckily he knows what was best for me and took me to my test; I am so thankful to him for being my rock throughout this year. My teachers have all been so kind and generous throughout this year. I cannot thank Mr. Marracino enough for not giving up on me in math,helping me become successful in his class and learning valuable life skills. Mrs. Holloway and Mrs. Harms have been so wonderful in helping me complete the academy a year early and in being kind enough to include me in all senior activities; they made me feel so welcome.
As for any students who are weighing the possibilities about graduating early, it is possible! You will have hardships but if you work hard the benefits are worth it. You will find true genuine people who will support your decision and help you through it. Your teachers are so motivational and always there if you need anything. It was fun for me to graduate early knowing that I am excited to start my life and begin my journey towards being a dermatologist. If you decide to graduate early, participate in everything you can and don't let anyone get to you. Enjoy your last year and be proud of yourself for accomplishing such a great success.