Class of 2016: This Is How It Feels

What does it feel like to graduate? Here is what 25 seniors say.

By Molly Boehler

There comes a day in high school where you have miraculously survived the trial and tribulations and have reached the last week of senior year. At first, you sigh because you had to wake up at the ungodly hour of 6:30 am for the 36th week in a row. Then you get hit with this truck full of emotion because this is actually it, this is the end. As a freshman, you never think this day will come (you are sadly mistaken, it comes in a flash). You wonder how much longer high school is going to last, how it feels at the end. How does it feel to be a senior who is about to graduate?

“Time went by very quickly, it was here before I knew it. It feels good, though.”

Christian Frederick

“It’s stressful – a lot to get done in a short amount of time”

– Bryce King

“I just feel overwhelmed.”

– Mariah Ruiz

“I’m sad about it, honestly – it is also terrifying. I still feel like I am a freshman sometimes. This whole thing is surreal.”

– Jessa Nayman


– Cassie Knickrehm

“It is exciting, but kind of sad that I will not see some of these people ever again. I’m excited to see what the world has to offer, though.”

– Kylee Heintz

“It’s a weird mixture of sad and glad. I finally get to start a new adventure, but I’m really going to miss this adventure.”

– Megan Duncan

“Really scary because I don’t really have plans yet – It’s coming really close.”

– Hannah Wang

“I’m about to break out of a routine that I’ve been in for four years straight, and I don’t think I will know what to do with myself, but that is the exciting part.”

– Carleigh Klein

“PUMPED!!! Graduation is going to be lit!!!”

– Michael Bussell

“I am excited for the future, but I am anxious because who knows what will happen next.”

– Quinten Glass

“It feels like a long time comin’.”

– Cadence Gerlach

“It’s equally exciting and terrifying. I’m excited to be on my own, but I’m not excited to buy my own groceries.”

– Ally Green

“In all seriousness, it’s pretty terrifying.”

– David Geditz

“Do you know how it feels when you drink too much coffee and you feel super excited but slightly afraid you might pass out? That’s how it feels.”

– Leah Emerson

“It’s indescribable. The last 13 years of my life have been leading up to this and now we are here- all together to accomplish the one huge thing together. That is so indescribable.”

– Rayna Dart

“I don’t want to leave. I am scared to start adulting.”

– Ben Newman

“Good, really good.”

– Molly Morgan

“It’s a little sad, but I’m ready.”

– Veronica Dickson

“I feel like I should be scared, but I’m not. I know that everything is going to be alright no matter what I end up doing with my life. I feel good- I will be alright.”

– Lacy Thormahlen

“My mind is a mess and I don’t know what to expect in the future. But at the same time, I’m more eager than ever and I want to be there quicker.”

– Adam Taylor

“It’s weird – I’ve waited for this for the past 4 years. Now that it’s actually happening I almost don’t want it to.”

– Tish Daniels

“I’m not really sure how to feel. It’s kind of hard to believe that in two weeks everything I’ve ever known will be different and everyone I’ve ever known will be different. It’s nerve racking but I’m really excited to see what the future holds for us all.”

– Bailey Quade

“The fact that I’m leaving this place doesn’t affect me, but saying goodbye to the people is what is going to break me. Saying goodbye to high school isn’t going to be difficult, but saying goodbye to the things that mattered to my development the last 4 years is what is going to hurt my heart.”

– Summer Eisenbraun

“At first I was excited to graduate, to get out of this school and onto my life. Now that graduation day is approaching, I’m slowly starting to realize everything I’m saying goodbye to. I’m saying goodbye to some of my lifelong friends, to my sport, to my family, to the city I grew up in. I’m basically saying goodbye to everything I’ve known over the past 18 years. The mix of that and the uncertainty of what is next leaves me conflicted thoughts, but the only thing I can do is look to the future with wide eyes.”

– Austin Lammers

“Hopelessly I feel like there might be something that I’ll miss; Hopelessly I feel like the window closes oh so quick; Hopelessly I’m taking a mental picture of you now, ‘cause hopelessly the hope is we have something to feel good about.”

– Good Life// OneRepublic

 I find myself looking up to the sky and taking mental picture of the moments. I have never felt the feeling of sentimentality as strong as have this year. The last football game,  last Cobbler to Cobbler group, last opening night of a show, last band concert, I’ve even gotten sentimental about eating my last quesadilla as a senior. So many lasts and so many unknown beginnings. It seems like it will be easy, but it’s not – closing time is so hard. It’s difficult because high school has been so marvelous. I just hope for a future to look forward to. I want everyone to find true, raw happiness – I want that for every one of my peers. We are bright, I hope we all shine.

Featured Photo: Graduation Day by Md saad andalib on Flickr