Ready to join the real world
I'm almost positive that at this very moment there are hundreds of graduates who are excited, anxious, nervous, scared or all of the above. The thought of jumping out of these high school years and heading into the "real world" can be scary.
We are no longer considered children. Within the next couple months, we will begin making adult decisions — decisions that can determine major outcomes in our future — and let me tell you, the pressure is unbearable!
Because this is my last column, I'm forced to realize that I am no longer a high-schooler, and I am OK with that. The surreal feeling of beginning a new chapter in my life can be scary, but I am ready. So the pressure that I feel, or any other graduate feels, for that matter, it's OK. We are going to make it. We are prepared. I am prepared, and for that, I owe a big thanks to New Life Christian School.
Rachel Clark, a senior at NLCS, said, "I can't believe this is it. New Life has helped mold me into the person I am. I wouldn't have rather been anywhere else. I love this school!"
Senior Kasey Owens explained how New Life changed her outlook on school and education: "The teachers here have a chance to have personal one-on-one times with us. They put a lot of time into making sure we understand things individually. And for that, I'm thankful."
Senior Jordan Childers said, "Being here at New Life teaches us how to leave with a strong faith and foundation in God. I'm so thankful that they devote their time to try and instill something great in each of their students. I will miss New Life!"
I'm so blessed to have had the chance to go to New Life. I have been trained and taught to stand for God even when circumstances are unbearable. I have been equipped with the tools I need to responsibly make wise decisions to better myself and my future, and I have gained the ability to go into this next chapter in my life without turning stagnant.
I see the value and potential that every teacher and minister here at New Life Christian School has seen in me. With that, I am ready to soar. All seven of the seniors in New Life's Class of 2012 are ready to soar: Rachel Clark, Jordan Childers, Stephanie Elliot, Kasey Owens, Katrina Parker and Sylvn Vierria. We did it! We have made it to the end. I love you all.
New Life staff: We couldn't thank you enough. We all will miss you. So long, high school — we are out of here!
Leanna Whiteley is a senior at New Life Christian High School. This is her final column for the Education section.