A GRADUATE’S TESTIMONY By: Erika Danielle Olan

High school is a part of everyone’s life. “It could be as chaotic as having to go through swarms of wild animals each and every day, or as smooth and peaceful as a sail through Seine River in Paris. Nevertheless, a life in high school is memorable, something that you can never forget. And I will never forget.

I don’t think I can pick a specific thing or person I’m going to miss most; I’ll miss everything about Childlink. I’ll miss the little things: the daily flag ceremonies; the early morning rush; the fire drills and career orientations; the chitchats in the comfort rooms; the uniforms we’ve worn for so long that they seem like our second skins; the gossips and dramas of being in high school; our crushes (eeep!); the new books and supplies we buy before school starts; the first few days of school; the memorable conversations; the things and places we pass by everyday that we seem to take for granted, like the peace pole and the bulletin board; hanging out during dismissal; clearance week; the adorable preschoolers; those free days; the topics of the week’s we get on Fridays and the occasional communication letters; Student Council elections, from the campaigns to the speeches to the actual day of elections; being part of the bridges staff; the games we beg our teachers to play during class; class picture week; and the role plays and class activities we have to do. I’ll miss our subjects, no matter how I hated some; I’ll miss choir and music and Chinese class and PE, and all the events the Modern Dancing class had to dance in; I’ll miss the places in the campus, especially the canteen, the most frequented place in the school campus where students can hang out during recess, lunch breaks, and dismissal time. The camaraderie, the mere sense of relaxation and mingling, the short absence of worries regarding school works while munching on food. Sigh. The canteen was our haven. I’ll miss the school activities: Language Week, Family Day, Peace day, Nutrition month, Music Jam, Teenpreneur,  the leadership trainings and the annual scouting activities. Believe it or not, and I hate to admit this, but I’ll really miss the lectures and seatwork and projects and quizzes our teachers used to bombard, oh, I mean give us, and the excuses we used when we didn’t do what we were supposed to do; I’ll miss the cramming and staying up late for schoolwork and studying we did, when our hands would hurt after writing what seemed like a whole novel everyday. I’d really miss the School Play and the months of rehearsals and the hectic workload that always came with it. I’d miss trying to bend school rules (they never ended up well), and constantly anticipating the next weekend or vacation or any occasion wherein school would be cut short or cancelled. I’ll miss the challenges and in general, the intense pressure of a high school schedule. I’d miss being a kid and having those fairytale adventures in the playground. I spent my whole life in Childlink; it’s my second home. I grew up in its walls and grew up with the people. I guess they are what I’m going to miss the most. The camaraderie, the friends I had, my schoolmates, the teachers, and the staff. I’d miss the feeling of always belonging, being able to talk to anyone about anything and everything; everyone was your friend, everyone felt like family. I treasure the times I spent with friends going to Chu-un or buying snacks outside school or walking around V. Rama. We did things just for the heck of it, and we made great memories.

The end of my high school life is drawing nearer and nearer. If I could only stop time in its tracks, I would. Most people would not understand why I’d miss the things they probably actually hated about school. Some students want their school life to end quickly, but it feels different when it’s actually a reality. I would honestly give anything to relive my high school days all over again. So to all the incoming highschoolers, and all the ones still in high school, just enjoy the ride and cherish the time you have left in school.

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