As the school year draws into its final act, all of us young, restless and slightly naive graduating seniors are eagerly anticipating the exciting and uncertain days beyond May 24, 2007. It has indeed been a great journey; a journey filled with ample amount of fun, joy, frolicking and a couple of unpleasant moments. All in all, high school has been a blast.
Now that I am preparing to turn in my bulky textbooks and taking the last finals, I relax and reminisce on this past four years, or actually the people who made these four years memorable.
I grew up with Josh. We remained good friends throughout elementary, middle and high school. He is a wonderful individual -- loyal, funny, marginally insane, and very entertaining.
I still vividly remember when I first met him. It was a decade ago when I first came to America from China. I was shy, spoke only three words of English and was quite friendless. I befriended Josh when we were forced to sit next to each other during lunch, and after we traded edibles, a mutual friendship evolved.
Josh promptly introduced me to the many aspects of American youth: Playing catch, Transformers, tag and (unintentionally, I'm sure) cussing in English. In high school, we hung out, played basketball and golf, got lost in Phoenix, did pranks, labored together, and engaged in long conversations about girls, school and the future.
Josh has been a great companion, and I cannot thank him enough for making such a big difference in my life.
My senior year has been arguably the toughest year. In order to make up for the bad grades my freshman and sophomore year, I enrolled in several advanced placement classes to boost my GPA. In doing so, I met and got to know several amazing and talented students who have since then influenced me beyond description. Mark, Andrew, Erin and I are in the same math class this year, and I must say, they made Calculus my favorite course.
Having classes with them was spontaneous. One moment, we are solving an equation, and the next we are all drawn into a fiery political argument by Erin, then two minutes later we are talking about astrophysics.
Our discussion was intellectually stimulating, and at times also utterly pointless and confusing.
We went to Calculus Camp together (yes, it's a camp). We suffered through the grueling sessions. Although I did copy off of Erin generously, Mark and Andrew just breezed through. We also kicked major butt in basketball, after the calc sessions.
We also participated together in late-night study groups at my mother's restaurant. With an unlimited supply of the highly caffeinated Mountain Dew, we stayed up and helped each other, well actually they helped me, to study for the exam. With a full glass of ice-cold Dew in one hand, and the graphing calculator in the other, we tackled difficult integration problems. With stubborn tenacity, we overcame the arduous exam with flying colors. We went golfing afterward, and decided that we are going to let full-blown senioritis take over.
My friends challenged and inspired me, amused and entertained me, and occasionally angered and irritated me. But, above all, they have helped me overcome the everyday difficulties of life. They kept me company, made me laugh, cared for me, and were just been plain good friends.
Even though we will all go our separate ways in college -- I'll be heading to Michigan, Erin to USC, Andrew to the Honors College at U of A, Josh to SCCc and Mark will stay at the high school -- I know that we will remain close friends, despite the geographical differences.
I don't know what the future holds, but I know they will all gain tremendous success. Erin might become president, Andrew might win the Nobel Prize in Physics, Mark might become a pro-golfer, Josh might become a CEO. Who knows, but no matter what, we will all make a difference in the world and achieve our dreams.
We are the class of 2007.