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#30260 - 05/25/01 05:17 PM Graduation, part V
Jazzoctopus Offline
old hand

Registered: 07/03/00
Posts: 1094
Loc: Cincinnati & Loveland, Ohio, U...
Well, I'm coming to the end of the line, or so it seems. Yesterday was my last day of high school and on June 3 at 3:00 PM I'll be graduating. As I reflect on it, I find it to be a very bittersweet occasion for me. I'll never have the same structured restraint, but I'm leaving behind a world of security and so many memories. I may possibly never again see some of my good friends or the much enjoyed teachers I've had this year. I was somewhat saddened as I looked out at 5th graders playing at recess across the field at the elementary school that borders my parents' house. They seemed to be having so much innocent fun and not realizing how fast it all seems to go by. I can look back on 13 years of schooling and say that through all the hard work and testing, it was incredibly fun. Though I've had a couple of undesirable teachers, most of them had a passion for what they were doing and were filled with inspiring wisdom. In a few months I'll be going off to college, turning my world upside down. I'll be leaving my parents' house and going to an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people. It's both exciting and depressing, and I'm hoping that I can focus on the former.

Perhaps I'm overly sentimental, but that's how I feel. I'm sure that all of you have been in the same situation and most of you can relate to me. It's going to be the biggest step I've ever taken in my yet short life. Fortunately, I'll still have this great coterie of friends here to bridge the gap.

Hopefully some of you can dig up some appropriately inspirational poems and quotes for this occasion.


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#30261 - 05/25/01 07:17 PM Re: Graduation, part V
Jackie Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 11605
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Artist: Vitamin C
Album: Vitamin C
Title: Graduation


And so we talked all night about the rest of our lives
Where we're gonna be when we turn 25
I keep thinking times will never change
Keep on thinking things will always be the same
But when we leave this year we won't be coming back
No more hanging out cause we're on a different track
And if you got something that you need to say
You better say it right now cause you don't have another day
Cause we're moving on and we can't slow down
These memories are playing like a film without sound
And I keep thinking of that night in June
I didn't know much of love
But it came too soon
And there was me and you
And then we got real cool
Stay at home talking on the telephone with me
We'd get so excited, we'd get so scared
Laughing at our selves thinking life's not fair
And this is how it feels

1 - As we go on
We remember
All the times we
Had together
And as our lives change
Come whatever
We will still be
Friends Forever

So if we get the big jobs
And we make the big money
When we look back now
Will our jokes still be funny?
Will we still remember everything we learned in school?
Still be trying to break every single rule
Will little brainy Bobby be the stockbroker man?
Can we ever find a job that won't interfere with a tan?
I keep, I keep thinking that it's not goodbye
Keep on thinking it's a time to fly
And this is how it feels

Repeat 1

La, la, la, la…
Yeah, yeah, yeah
La, la, la, la…
We will still be friends forever

Will we think about tomorrow like we think about now?
Can we survive it out there?
Can we make it somehow?
I guess I thought that this would never end
And suddenly it's like we're women and men
Will the past be a shadow that will follow us 'round?
Will these memories fade when I leave this town
I keep, I keep thinking that it's not goodbye
Keep on thinking it's a time to fly

Repeat 1 (3x)



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#30262 - 05/25/01 10:51 PM Re: Graduation, part V
Capital Kiwi Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 11/13/00
Posts: 3146
Loc: Northamptonshire, England
JazzO, in Zild we don't have graduation from high school in the same way you do - caps, gowns, diplomas, etc. We leave school either having passed our external exams or not. Perhaps it is just that the focus is different.

However, I think you are very fortunate to be able to objectively look at your high schooling as having been (presumably on the whole) an enjoyable experience. I wish I could say the same! I left high school in my final year, in the end, because it was not providing me with any positive experiences that overrode the basic problem that having to turn up was interfering with my social life something awful. Fortunately I had passed all the exams that mattered (i.e. I was entitled to go to university, and I think the exam I passed for that was Surfing 101).

However, the basic conundrum that you posed - what will the future after school is left behind be like - is certainly one that we have all faced at some level or another. And I guess that it will be "worse" for you because you're leaving something you enjoyed behind. I looked forward to the future as a reprieve from the past.

Congratulations, and I hope that college is just as much fun and leaves you feeling the way you feel now when you have graduated from that.

_________________________
The idiot also known as Capfka ...

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#30263 - 05/26/01 08:04 AM Re: Graduation, part V
wwh Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
Dear JazzO: Congratulations. This is just the first of a series of upheavals you can anticipate. You will lose a lot of friends, but keep making new ones. You will keep having to make choices, and inevitably you must expect some choices will prove unfortunate.But you have a lot going for you, and I expect you to achieve success you can be proud of. I hope happiness will come with it.One thing I now bitterly regret is that I somehow never managed to thank any of the very fine teachers to whom I owed so much. Love, Bill Hunt


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#30264 - 05/26/01 10:32 AM Re: Graduation, part V
Sparteye Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 01/05/01
Posts: 1773
Congratulations, JazzO! You can look back on your accomplishments with pride, and look forward to entering the best time of your life.



IF

If you can keep your head
when all about you men are losing theirs
and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
but make allowances for their doubting, too.
If you can wait but not be tired of waiting,
or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
and yet don't look too good nor talk too wise,

If you can dream but not make dreams your master,
if you can think and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with triumph and disaster,
and treat those two imposters just the same,
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
and stoop and build them up with worn-out tools,
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
and risk it on one turn of pitch and toss,
and lose and start again at your beginnings
and never breathe a word about your loss,

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
to serve your turn long after they are gone,
and to hold on when there is nothing in you
but the will that says to them "hold on,"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
or walk with kings nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
if all men count with you but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
with 60 seconds worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
and which is more, you'll be a man, my son.


-- Rudyard Kipling




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#30265 - 05/26/01 10:33 AM Re: Graduation, part V
wow Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 11/25/00
Posts: 3439
Loc: New England, USA
Dear JazzO,
Congratulations on your graduation.
I will assay a few words about the beginning of your college days based on my experience and those of friends.
It will be a whirlwind and you will probably become overwhelmed by the conviction that there are all kinds of opportunities that are "out there" and which you are missing!
Fear not! The feeling will pass and you'll gradually get the hang of it all.
The personal freedom of college may leave you a bit lightheaded. Try to set up and follow a schedule for study. Your efforts will pay off big time -- with better marks at the end of first term and a solid base for your GPA.
This will gratify your parents and amaze your professors!
Good luck and all best wishes for your future,
wow.

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#30266 - 05/26/01 03:37 PM Re: Graduation, part V
nancyk Offline
addict

Registered: 03/09/01
Posts: 508
Loc: Metro Detroit (MI)
Congratulations, JazzO! I predict your college years will be yet another positive experience, since you get out of it what you put into it. And it sounds as if you learned that secret in high school! I am mightily impressed (but, since I've read your posts, not at all surprised) that you articulate so well the mixed emotions of this special time in your life. Enjoy every minute and go with gusto into your future! nancyk

PS Can I adopt you??


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#30267 - 05/26/01 06:12 PM Re: Graduation, part V
AnnaStrophic Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 6511
Loc: lower upstate New York
nancyk, you gotta get in line .

This JazzO is special even if he *is Republican. JazzO, you're a bright spot here. For all our differences, I'm glad I "met" you [going-off-to-be-maudlin-elsewhere-and-winking-at-Max-just-for-the-hell-of-it e]


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#30268 - 05/26/01 07:20 PM Re: Graduation, part V
nemo Offline
newbie

Registered: 12/22/00
Posts: 46
Loc: Tol Eressëa
-winking-at-Max-just-for-the-hell-of-it e

Excuse me, AnnaS, but if anybody's going to start winking at my MaxQ, they'd best get in line, if it's all the same with you.


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#30269 - 05/26/01 09:56 PM Re: Graduation, part V
Jackie Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 11605
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
if anybody's going to start winking at my MaxQ, they'd best get in line

AFTER me, each and every one of you!Just 'cause I put a smiley face, don't think I'm not serious!


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