Senior letter: Lexie Flynn

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Dear Archbishop Ryan,

During the past four years I began to realize I am surrounded by moments that I am going to miss.

It is the little things that make high school worth missing:

The excitement each August of awaiting your roaster, the quick before-homeroom conversations at lockers, the laughs in the hallway on the way to each period, and everything in between.

That is high school.

Those days that seemed so repetitive and simple are the days that I am going to miss the most.

After my first three years, I thought: it doesn’t get better than this. Everyone is right — nothing is better than high school.

Now, here I am in the final days of my senior year, ready for more.

All you have after these years is what you have learned through experience and the memories you have made.

Unfortunately, there were bad memories I wish I could forget, but I learned the hard way that life is not fair, bad things are going to happen to you and you are going to have to deal with it.

These experiences prepared me for the rest of my life; they taught me that how you handle these situations is how you are defined.

My senior year I began to get sick and tired of the repetition and wanted no more of my high school routine.

I began to feel as if I didn’t belong here anymore and wondered how I spent the past three years feeling so happy.

Thankfully, a month before my departure, I was given the opportunity at Kairos to meet some people in the class of 2017 that were just another face in the halls to me. This experience brought me closer to people I never would’ve imagined myself talking to freshman year.

This experience showed me how high school really does change you, shape you ane mature you.

So, underclassmen: It is wonderful to know that you’re surrounded by classmates who want the best for you and want you to be happy.

Do not hold yourself back from giving your everything throughout the rest of your high school years. Every day moves so quick and if you waste your time reflecting on the bad, you will miss the good.

The greatest thing I have learned after these past four years is, who you are in high school does not shape the rest of your life.

You are given the opportunity to completely be yourself after these four years.

Although I will probably wish everyday that I could go back to being young and carefree I am ready to embark on a bigger journey.

For me what I will miss most is all the friendships I have made, all the great, intelligent and kind students and some faculty — those people who have given me so much and made such a strong impact on me without even knowing it.

What they say is true: you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. I am so lucky have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

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