Alayna Trimingham

Being a senior this year was exciting and new and definitely interesting. I started high school off as a scared freshman, and ended as an adult with aspirations. School has always been a bit difficult for me, but pushing through those difficulties has made me a more hardworking individual. 

Being a senior during a pandemic was stressful because with COVID was unexpected and new. With COVID, things were always changing. Considering we haven’t been in a pandemic before, no one was really prepared for what was going to come. This made school more stressful than it should have been.

I’m disappointed that I missed out on my senior year in many ways. I didn’t get to go to prom, and graduation is going to be very different this year. However, I feel like everyone experiencing the same troubles at the same time has brought people closer together and shown who they really are.

If I had any advice for underclassmen, it would be to try to stay motivated and reach out if you need help, whether its education related or personal problems, many people in the school are good people and willing to help, you just need to find them. Compared to middle school, high school is a big change, but it is so much better and there are so many more opportunities to make friends and achieve and reach new goals.

What helped me get through high school the most was my peers. My friends were very encouraging and were always there for me when I needed them. I hope I have done a good job as a friend to them as well. 

Now that my high school experience is coming to a close, it feels very bittersweet. I am happy that I get to experience new things and grow as an adult now, but its also scary to leave the place I’ve been for the past four years, and leaving my friends and family behind for college. Even though I won’t be far away, it is still nerve-wracking because it is completely different for me. 

At the end of the day, I would say my high school experience was something I’ll never forget and I hope I never forget the great memories I’ve made throughout these past four years. I would like to thank all the teachers that made an impact in my life and my friends and acquaintances that helped me survive high school.