Senior Reminisces About High School Memories

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Junior Maelyn Smith

Taken moments after I tagged Raider Road on May 15, 2020.

Jasmin Vargo, Staff Reporter

Over‌ ‌my‌ ‌four‌ ‌years‌ ‌at‌ ‌LDHS,‌ ‌I’ve‌ ‌learned‌ ‌many‌ ‌things‌ ‌about‌ ‌myself.‌ ‌Throughout‌ ‌the‌ 
years,‌ ‌I’ve‌ ‌spent‌ ‌most‌ ‌of‌ ‌my‌ ‌weekdays‌ ‌at‌ ‌rehearsals‌ ‌or‌ ‌practices,‌ ‌my‌ ‌Friday‌ ‌nights‌ ‌at‌ 
football‌ ‌games‌ ‌and‌ ‌my‌ ‌Saturdays‌ ‌at‌ ‌NJROTC‌ ‌competitions.‌ ‌My‌ ‌weeknights‌ ‌were‌ ‌spent‌ 
doing‌ ‌homework,‌ ‌and‌ ‌weekends‌ ‌I‌ ‌wasn’t‌ ‌at‌ ‌competitions,‌ ‌I‌ ‌was‌ ‌spending‌ ‌time‌ ‌with‌ ‌my‌ 
friends.‌ ‌I‌ ‌never‌ ‌thought‌ ‌much‌ ‌about‌ ‌these‌ ‌simple‌ ‌experiences.‌ ‌I‌ ‌knew‌ ‌I‌ ‌was‌ ‌making‌ 
memories,‌ ‌but‌ ‌I‌ ‌never‌ ‌thought‌ ‌that‌ ‌my‌ ‌last‌ ‌three‌ ‌months‌ ‌of‌ ‌making‌ ‌those‌ ‌memories‌ 
would‌ ‌be‌ ‌taken‌ ‌from‌ ‌me.‌  
Being‌ ‌in‌ ‌quarantine‌ ‌since‌ ‌March‌ ‌has‌ ‌made‌ ‌me‌ ‌realize‌ ‌all‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌many‌ ‌simple‌ ‌memories‌ ‌I‌ 
will‌ ‌miss‌ ‌from‌ ‌high‌ ‌school.‌ ‌My‌ ‌last‌ ‌day‌ ‌of‌ ‌school‌ ‌at‌ ‌LDHS‌ ‌was‌ ‌March‌ ‌3,‌ ‌due‌ ‌to‌ ‌some‌ 
unforeseen‌ ‌circumstances,‌ ‌so‌ ‌I’ve‌ ‌actually‌ ‌been‌ ‌in‌ ‌quarantine‌ ‌longer‌ ‌than‌ ‌anyone‌ ‌else.‌ 
This‌ ‌means‌ ‌that‌ ‌March‌ ‌3‌ ‌was‌ ‌my‌ ‌last‌ ‌time‌ ‌walking‌ ‌down‌ ‌those‌ ‌halls,‌ ‌seeing‌ ‌all‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ 
people‌ ‌I’ve‌ ‌grown‌ ‌close‌ ‌to‌ ‌over‌ ‌the‌ ‌last‌ ‌four‌ ‌years,‌ ‌seeing‌ ‌some‌ ‌of‌ ‌my‌ ‌all-time‌ ‌favorite‌ 
teachers,‌ ‌eating‌ ‌lunch‌ ‌in‌ ‌my‌ ‌Theatre‌ ‌classroom,‌ ‌driving‌ ‌into‌ ‌the‌ ‌parking‌ ‌lot‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌mere‌ 
five‌ ‌minutes‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌it‌ ‌to‌ ‌first‌ ‌period‌ ‌and‌ ‌walking‌ ‌out‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌doors‌ ‌with‌ ‌my‌ ‌best‌ ‌friend.‌ ‌It‌ 
was‌ ‌my‌ ‌last‌ ‌time‌ ‌doing‌ ‌all‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌little‌ ‌unforeseen‌ ‌memories‌ ‌that‌ ‌I‌ ‌never‌ ‌thought‌ ‌I‌ ‌would‌ 
miss‌ ‌so‌ ‌much.‌ 
I‌ ‌always‌ ‌knew‌ ‌I‌ ‌would‌ ‌miss‌ ‌high‌ ‌school,‌ ‌but‌ ‌I‌ ‌never‌ ‌knew‌ ‌my‌ ‌senior‌ ‌year‌ ‌would‌ ‌be‌ ‌taken‌ 
from‌ ‌me‌ ‌so‌ ‌early.‌ ‌Over‌ ‌the‌ ‌past‌ ‌two‌ ‌and‌ ‌a‌ ‌half‌ ‌months,‌ ‌I‌ ‌have‌ ‌begun‌ ‌missing‌ ‌the‌ ‌little‌ 
memories‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌times‌ ‌that‌ ‌I‌ ‌didn’t‌ ‌like‌ ‌all‌ ‌that‌ ‌much‌ ‌about‌ ‌school.‌ ‌I‌ ‌have‌ ‌begun‌ 
missing‌ ‌sitting‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌uncomfortable‌ ‌chairs‌ ‌for‌ ‌hours‌ ‌upon‌ ‌hours,‌ ‌taking‌ ‌notes‌ ‌when‌ ‌I‌ 
could ‌barely‌ ‌see‌ ‌the‌ ‌board‌ ‌because‌ ‌I‌ ‌forgot‌ ‌my‌ ‌glasses,‌ ‌waking‌ ‌up‌ ‌at‌ ‌6‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ morning‌ ‌to‌ ‌do‌ ‌my‌ ‌hair‌ ‌and‌ ‌makeup‌ ‌and‌ ‌waiting‌ ‌for‌ ‌20‌ ‌minutes‌ ‌to‌ ‌get‌ ‌out‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌parking‌ ‌lot‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌afternoons.‌  
The‌ ‌biggest‌ ‌lesson‌ ‌that‌ ‌COVID-19‌ ‌and‌ ‌quarantine‌ ‌have‌ ‌taught‌ ‌me‌ ‌is‌ ‌that‌ ‌I‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌need‌ ‌to‌ 
take‌ ‌anything‌ ‌for‌ ‌granted.‌ ‌As‌ ‌I‌ ‌begin‌ ‌to‌ ‌look‌ ‌into‌ ‌my‌ ‌future‌ ‌and‌ ‌what‌ ‌my‌ ‌life‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌like‌ ‌in‌ 
college,‌ ‌I‌ ‌realize‌ ‌how‌ ‌truly‌ ‌blessed‌ ‌I‌ ‌am.‌ ‌The‌ ‌University‌ ‌of‌ ‌South‌ ‌Carolina,‌ ‌which‌ ‌I‌ ‌will‌ 
be‌ ‌attending‌ ‌in‌ ‌August,‌ ‌has‌ ‌decided‌ ‌to‌ ‌resume‌ ‌in-person‌ ‌classes‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌fall,‌ ‌and‌ ‌I‌ ‌never‌ 
knew‌ ‌how‌ ‌happy‌ ‌it‌ ‌would‌ ‌make‌ ‌me‌ ‌to‌ ‌know‌ ‌that‌ ‌I’ll‌ ‌be‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌classroom‌ ‌again.‌ ‌It’s‌ 
comforting‌ ‌to‌ ‌think‌ ‌that‌ ‌life‌ ‌might‌ ‌be‌ ‌starting‌ ‌to‌ ‌go‌ ‌back‌ ‌to‌ ‌normal‌ ‌in‌ ‌just‌ ‌a‌ ‌few‌ ‌months’‌ 
time.‌ ‌I’ve‌ ‌always‌ ‌been‌ ‌told‌ ‌to‌ ‌treasure‌ ‌the‌ ‌memories‌ ‌I’m‌ ‌making‌ ‌because‌ ‌before‌ ‌long‌ 
that’s‌ ‌all‌ ‌they‌ ‌will‌ ‌be:‌ ‌memories.‌ ‌I’m‌ ‌thankful‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌memories‌ ‌made‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌people‌ ‌I‌ ‌met‌ 
throughout‌ ‌high‌ ‌school,‌ ‌yet‌ ‌I’m‌ ‌also‌ ‌sad‌ ‌that‌ ‌I’m‌ ‌officially‌ ‌done‌ ‌making‌ ‌those‌ ‌memories.‌ 
I’m‌ ‌excited‌ ‌to‌ ‌see‌ ‌what‌ ‌the‌ ‌future‌ ‌holds,‌ ‌but‌ ‌LDHS‌ ‌will‌ ‌always‌ ‌hold‌ ‌a‌ ‌special‌ ‌place‌ ‌in‌ ‌my‌ 
heart.‌ ‌I‌ ‌never‌ ‌thought‌ ‌these‌ ‌words‌ ‌would‌ ‌come‌ ‌out‌ ‌of‌ ‌my‌ ‌mouth,‌ ‌but‌ ‌I‌ ‌will‌ ‌miss‌ ‌high‌ 
school‌ ‌more‌ ‌than‌ ‌anything.‌