Ten Things to Cherish Before You Graduate

By Grace Mersch

May 11, 2021

At Norwood High School, the last normal day of school was March 13, 2020 — but we didn’t know it yet. 

What we thought would be a three-week spring break turned into three months out of school. Summer wasn’t any better and neither was the two-day-a-week in-person schedule, which conveniently split my friend group to where I didn’t see some of my friends for nearly a whole year.

If there’s one quote I haven’t been able to forget, it would be this one from actor Ed Helms in The Office: “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.”

Flash forward to today. It’s May again, and graduation is two weeks away. That’s when I decided to make this list. For everyone who graduates after the Class of 2021, here are 10 things I wish I cherished before leaving high school.

  1. Hanging out at your friends’ lockers.

Shoutout to AP Government pre-COVID, where my friends and I practically lived outside of Mr. Robisch’s room.

  1. Class celebrations.

Again, shoutout to AP Government and the donuts we got after each test. Also, shoutout to the Valentine’s Day party in Newspaper last year. I hope the team after me gets to have as much fun as we did.

  1. The lunch tables.

If you’re like me, your lunch table group changes year after year. None of us knew the 2019-2020 school year would be the last one where all of us would be able to laugh (and complain) together.

  1. Field trips.

There’s nothing like a bumpy, loud school bus with rattling windows that never shut — especially in the freezing cold.

  1. Working in the library.

If your teacher let you go to the library for class — or sometimes the mini auditorium or even outside — you were lucky.

  1. Pep rallies.

The school spirit, the overall atmosphere during those days, the ability to leave class an hour early — unparalleled.

  1. Free bells.

Unfortunately you don’t get too many of those in the future.

  1. The assemblies.

Yes, even the boring ones.

  1. Your teachers.

You will miss them one day.

  1. The lack of responsibility. 

This goes without saying. Before you get a job, cherish the time you spend taking after-school naps or hanging out with friends on the weekdays.

I know someday things will be back to normal, but they will never be the same as before. There’s always going to be an end to high school, and I hope everyone will be able to preserve the joys (and sufferings) of those four years. After all, you never know they’re leaving until they’re gone.