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It's time for more


DeanThis is the time of year when high school seniors start to collect a lot of college paraphernalia. Water bottles, lanyards and sweatshirts of various universities seem to multiply around the school.

Although I find myself doing the same thing, I still wonder why it is that we’re so eager to move on and get of here.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m terrified to leave the only home and family I’ve known. I’m scared to leave all my friends that I’ve spent the last four years getting to know. But on the other hand, I’m ready to step out and make all my own decisions. I’m ready for freedom and new experiences. I’m ready to realize new things about myself.

This is the first step that we can take as young adults, completely on our own. This is the point where we get to start living our lives the way we want to, not the way everyone else lives or the way we’ve been told to live. We’re so close to the independence and freedom that we’ve heard so much about.

As the youngest of four daughters, I’ve seen my sisters go across the country to college and move out and really start their lives. I’ve been waiting for that to happen to me. I’ve also been dreading it.

Starting my own path and travelling it without having my parents with me is scary. I’m not afraid to admit that. I’m the baby of the family. Now the baby has to leave the nest. And she’s not sure if she’s ready to fly yet.

Watching my classmates with their college choices boldly and proudly displayed, I feel a little intimidated. I know that most people are at least a little nervous about the big steps we’re all about to take. We may say over and over that we’re ready to get out of high school, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not nervous.

This is the time that we’re growing, maturing and getting ready to move on. So a lot of the time we do feel like we’re outgrowing high school. And that’s because we are. We’re already looking beyond it and into the bright lights of our new lives.

It’s been four years in high school. Four years of learning, growing, speaking, listening and understanding. We’ve taken in everything that high school has to give us. We’ve been educated, we’ve been taught and we’ve learned and grown in every aspect of our lives and our being.

We know what we want and we know what’s right for us. We’ve been advised, we’ve taken advice and ignored it, and we’ve learned from our mistakes and achievements. We’ve learned about ourselves and the world and people around us. We know our dreams and we know ourselves, better than anyone else.

Maybe I finally understand why everyone’s ready to leave our high school lives behind. It’s our time.

We’ve outgrown high school. And that’s good, because we’re ready to move on. We’re ready for more.

Perrin Dean is a senior at Wilsonville High School. She is contributing a regular column to the Tidings this school year.