The Best Four Years in a Nutshell
By Kaylie Brown
I can’t believe four years have gone by so quickly here at Seton. As cliché as it may sound, I remember being a freshman like it was yesterday; Getting lost in the hallways, being scared of the upperclassman, having to get a ride everywhere because I didn’t have my license, and wanting to grow up so badly. Now that I’ve finally made it to the end, the halls of Seton have gotten smaller, I’m the scary upperclassman, I drive around Cincinnati like a maniac, and I don’t want to grow up at all.
I have so many wonderful memories and lessons that I will carry with me throughout the rest of my life. One of those memories is that of my four years on both the cross country and track teams. I will miss my teammates the most when I graduate. Words cannot describe how much they all mean to me, and I could not have asked for a better group of people to run with every single day in the summer, fall, winter, and spring. I can definitely say the hardest part of senior year for me was stepping in the box at the starting line with my teammates to run my last cross country race in my Seton uniform. I just remember crying as I stood there waiting for the gun to go off thinking to myself, “This is it.” I will remember that day for the rest of my life, and I’ll get to experience it again when I compete in my last track meet. Running all year round these past four years has taught me a lot about passion and dedication. As hard as running is, and as much I complain about having to practice, it will always be a passion of mine and something I will always love because it has brought so much meaning into my life. Nothing compares to how rewarding running in a race can be. It’s something that you work towards for months. Then, when you step up to the starting line to compete, and that gun goes off, nothing else matters. While you’re racing you aren’t thinking about the math test you failed or how bad of a day you’ve had; it’s all pure heart, strength, and focus for those minutes you are giving everything you’ve got. When you run into the finish line with a bunch of screaming people all around you, those are the moments you will never forget, because it’s truly amazing. I am so proud to say that I’m a runner and a team captain. I just hope when I graduate, I can leave a piece of myself behind to my team and that they will be proud runners and be the best they can be.
I have made many friends in high school. It’s hard to think that we will never be the same when we are off to college, separated, doing our own thing and maturing into adults. I love my friends so much, and we have all had so much fun together throughout the years. I would do anything to keep reliving all of the memories we have made together. Through the thick and thin true friends will always be there for you, just like my friends have for me. I hope more than anything we all remain friends in college and for life. One thing I love about all of my friends is that we can all be completely different when it comes to style, music taste, and so much more, but when we come together, we fit perfectly and have the best dang time ever.
If I can give any advice to the under classman it’s to have fun. Enjoy every single second of high school and all of the great things it can bring. Get involved, join a sport or a club and be passionate about it, because when you are weeks away from graduating like me, those will be the moments you treasure. Find an amazing group of friends that you can have fun with and do crazy stuff on the weekends. You’re only in high school once, but don’t be stupid. Above all, get good grades, college will sneak up on you fast. High school will be the greatest four years if you let it, just remember to live every day to the fullest and don’t just go through the motions, after all, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller