Senior Tributes

Stephanie Cerrito, senior editor

June 14, 2022

Isn’t it strange that as a kid, all you want to do is grow up? 

Adulthood seemed so enjoyable and exciting because grown-ups appeared to have control over their lives, doing what they wanted without anyone telling them otherwise. 

From a child’s perspective, adulthood is highly anticipated. Yet, here I am having just turned 18, and all I want to do is to go back to when I was younger. 

I am now a legal adult, and my childhood is officially over, which is terrifying. I miss when everything was fun and games, when I could exist in my safe little bubble. 

People say “time flies,” and it does. It feels like it was just yesterday when I received my first report card in November of my freshman year. Just yesterday when I made my first real friend at LHS. Just yesterday when I walked through LHS’ doors for the first time. 

High school teaches teens a lot, and so much of that learning is not part of the curriculum. High school allows us to make mistakes and figure out how to deal with them. We navigate complex relationships, we overcome hardships and, in the process, we discover the kinds of people we want to become. 

So here is my parting message: Be yourself. It sounds cliché, and it definitely is, but it’s the truth. 

High school teaches teens a lot, and so much of that learning is not part of the curriculum.

Don’t waste your time trying to impress people. You are the only one who has to live with yourself for the rest of your life. 

Once the realities of adulthood arrive, they hit hard. I’m there now, and I’m so grateful for all of the valuable lessons I’ve learned and for the people who have prepared me for the challenges ahead. 

My experiences at LHS have given me a great foundation upon which to build a successful and fulfilling future, and with that, I am ready to take my first steps forward as an LHS graduate.

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