The day I have waited seven years for is finally here. The day that pushed me to do the best I could on all the assignments, projects, and tests…it’s actually here. How do I feel about it? There’s definitely one word that can perfectly describe it. Bittersweet.
As much as I wished for the day to come sooner, Natomas Charter School is a place I don’t want to let go of. I came into the school as a shy and quiet hermit and I’m leaving with this confidence I never thought I would have. Throughout the years, I’ve met some of the best people that I’m honored to call my friends and was able to share the best memories with them. Within those gates, I had some of the greatest laughs, worst memories, and overall moments that I don’t ever want to forget. Seeing the same faces every single week day is going to be something I will need to get used to. There’s something about those maroon and cream walls that just feel like a second home.
But what I will miss the most is the constant surrounding of all the different art forms. Walking into the dance rooms while hearing show band rehearsing for a concert a couple rooms down. Or watching the actors rehearse all their lines before performing a monologue. Or seeing students walk into class with paint all over their clothes. Knowing that I wouldn’t have experienced this at another school makes me genuinely happy I chose Charter above the rest. And knowing I will no longer see it five days a week makes me wish I had appreciated it more when it was right in front of me.
Although the campus was filled with comfort and familiarity, it was all just a bubble. Eventually, you have to break through it and that is what tonight is going to be for me. Charter has helped shape who I am today and I am ready to take that into the bigger world. I know that this is just the beginning and it will all get better from here. A lot of changes will occur from here on out, but it’s a part of growing up.
So if there are any NCS 2013 graduates reading this, congratulations! We did it. And I am so happy to say that we all did it. I wish you guys all the best with all your future endeavors. <3