As graduation season nears, the seniors begin to reflect on their time at East. (Courtesy of The Tab)
As graduation season nears, the seniors begin to reflect on their time at East.

Courtesy of The Tab

The Blur that I call my Senior Year |Bethelly Jean-Louis|

June 7, 2017

I don’t know whether to say I’m happy senior year is finally over, or to say that I’m sad that it’s over. Senior year in the movies is portrayed as a fun free for all, where students breeze by the year and magically go to an amazing college. However, that’s just the movies. Not reality. In fact, in reality, senior year is not easy. It’s a complicated roller coaster full of ups and downs. There are times throughout my senior year when I was stressed, unhappy, and very sick.  But what’s the makes year bearable are the small moments when I’m with my friends and family with a huge grin on my face. I don’t think senior year was ever designed to be easy mentally and emotionally. It’s a transition year that bridges the gap between life beyond primary and secondary education and actual adulthood. In a finger snap, once you turn 18, you are no longer a child that has adults dictating and deciding what is best for you. Instead, in a flash, you are left to your own devices to pick a career path and become an adult. And you start wrestling with these two colliding worlds your senior year. Hectic, but manageable.  What makes senior year manageable are the highlights: homecoming, college acceptances, spring musical, prom, and graduation.

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Pictured above is Louis acting in East’s production of The Tempest.

I had an amazing time at homecoming. Not to mention it was my first and last homecoming. I had a blast with my friends. I took time to talk to other kids I didn’t really know so well. I danced, laughed, and had a really good time. I even regretted not going to previous years homecoming dances.

College acceptances and rejections are a very touchy subject for most seniors. I was incredibly nervous during the notorious season of college acceptances and rejections. So many dreams and hopes for the future are placed into applications. College doesn’t just represent an institution where you earn a degree, but a second home where you are shaped and matured into an adult hopefully ready to take on the world. When I was searching for my colleges, I wanted to search for a place that was perfect for my major. Also, a place that would offer me a unique college experience. When I got my Emerson acceptance I was beyond thrilled. The school was a perfect fit. It was finally something to look forward to in the future. I had secured my second home, finally.

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And now the only thing keeping me from starting the next chapter of my life is graduation. I am so incredibly excited to graduate, partially sad but mostly excited.”

— Bethelly Jean-Louis

My spring musical experience was challenged with controversy. And I’m so grateful for the conversation sparked in the community due to the spring musical. I even got to meet a Broadway star because of the amount of attention caused by the controversy. A crazy experience, but worth it.

I had an incredible time at prom. I was stressed the day of getting ready, but my time at the Vie was so fun. Prom will be a night to remember for the rest of my life.

And now the only thing keeping me from starting the next chapter of my life is graduation. I am so incredibly excited to graduate, partially sad but mostly excited.

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