by Jessie Wang, senior writing coach
I just finished my last day of high school classes (believe me, it feels surreal). As I leave, I’d like to finish with a few thoughts.
Senior year, without a doubt, has been a whirlwind. For me, it seems like there’s still a month of school left — yet my last days have approached a bit too quickly.
I’ve been relatively apprehensive about leaving high school. Generally, I’m just of the nervous type — a whole new life in a whole new place sounds quite scary to me. I’ve been at Minnetonka my entire life, and I’ve found a community in orchestra, research, the Writing Center, and much more. It’s a bit hard to imagine myself without this.
Because this has been pretty good to me. I’ve taken engaging classes and had uniquely amazing teachers. I’m a lover of banana bread and Cove granola bars. I’ve found activities that are meaningful to me, and I’ve met friends who continually support me, and whose abilities amaze me. Goodbyes are a little too much, and a little too early.
I don’t really know what it’ll be like without seeing those same asymmetrical tiles on the walls of the Arts Center or the trees in the Commons. I don’t know what it’ll be like to not bring my violin to school every day, or to not see Tonka pride everywhere. Different will be hard for me.
But I’ll give the future the benefit of the doubt for once. What I am sure of is that my time at Minnetonka will act as a tailwind into college. The incredible teachers, activities, and people of Minnetonka will surely stay with me, and will help in propelling me forward. My friends have shown me such kindness, and my teachers have shown me dedication and passion for what they do. Minnetonka has been quite the inspiration.
For this, I’m lucky. I get to pass on that same sense of inspiration when I start over in the fall. I’ll be going out into the world and beginning to spread my Minnetonka-ness to others. I’ll be passing on the strong student voice that Minnetonka has, the enthusiasm for activities, the school spirit, and the sense of community that thrives everywhere. I get to go out and be passionate and make what I can with everything that Minnetonka has given me. And hopefully along the way, I’ll rub off some Minnetonka onto others.
We all get to do that as the class of 2017, and every class following does as well. As I move forward, I’m keeping Minnetonka with me and reminding myself that I’m not leaving, just extending.
Thank you, Minnetonka. Truly, thank you.