My Last High School Summer

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]y last high school summer. You would think that it would be my craziest, most adventurous summer yet, but you’d be wrong. As most my summers do, it primarily consisted of catching up on sleep that I missed out on for the last ten months. To be honest, I still haven’t recovered. On the other hand, there was a newer aspect to my summer that I wasn’t quite familiar with- saying goodbye to some of my closest friends. You are constantly hearing how fast high school flies by, and although I may sometimes get caught up in all the tedious routines and stress of my classes. Hanging out at Bagel Me every Friday afternoon suddenly turned into saying goodbye for the rest of our lives. It might sound silly, but it’s heartbreaking really. How do you go from seeing someone at least five days a week for the past twelve years of your life to seeing them every couple months or even never again? How do you go from living in the comfort of your own home, with your parents and best friends always there for you to lean on for eighteen years, to suddenly being on your own with strangers and a city you’re not familiar with? I guess I’ll find out soon.

Anyways, this isn’t supposed to be a rant about how I’m watching my life flash before my eyes and approach its end in a few months. I spent a lot of time with my friends this summer such as going to Universal Studios, LA, and the Sawdust Festival in Laguna. I also went shopping and to the beach countless times but my favorite part of summer was travelling. I went to Florida with my parents for five days for my mom’s work, which was supposed to be a relaxing, fun trip where I would get to explore the city, but I ended up stranded in the hotel by myself all day. While I got to enjoy the beauty of Florida and rain from my hotel window, I did get a lot of my calculus homework done. After that I flew to Georgia by myself to visit my aunt and her two kids. I flew by myself for the first time, to the biggest airport in the US. I was terrified, but don’t worry I found my way (partly because they got a special ticket to come get me at my gate but whatever I’m still proud). I hadn’t been to Georgia in nine years and the first thing that struck me was how there were trees everywhere and they were so green. We took a road trip to Callaway Gardens which is this huge, beautiful place that has all sorts of activities such as hiking, biking, zip lining, the beach, Butterfly exhibit, and more. It was one of my favorite trips I have ever taken because I got to get a week to myself with my cousins and amazing aunt whom I look up to so much.

I may not have done anything too extravagant over my summer, but it was one to remember. One of my last summers with all my high school friends, spent well with memories I will never forget.

Seniors, Spartan LifeAuva Jahromi