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From Caps and Gowns to New Beginnings: Navigating the Stress of High School Graduation

Life is getting real.

Somehow in the blink of an eye, we went from Lunchables, climbing trees, and all the simpler things that back then felt like conquering the world. To now, the recurring realization that in a matter of 2 and a half months somehow, we will be adults and we will decide the path we take, and the choices we make that will determine our future.

Scary right?

It doesn’t have to be.

Just like many other parts of our lives…whether that’s a new school year, moving houses, or starting a new sports season, changes like this can feel very stressful and consuming at times. Even though graduating high school and becoming an adult is arguably one of the most exciting and stressful times of our lives thus far, we have to approach it just like how we approach any big change.

Moments like these, celebrating high school accomplishments, are the moments that bring us closer and closer to the biggest moment and accomplishment of all, high school graduation. It’s a bittersweet kind of feeling that somehow we are just 2 and a half months away from the start of a new chapter in life.


If we look at the big picture and all the obstacles upcoming and fears we have for the future, graduating can feel extremely scary. It is natural to have fears and worries about starting a new chapter in life and questioning plans and goals. However, it’s so important we remember a few key things:

Things take time and reaching goals is a process and not something that happens overnight.
Mistakes are okay, no one has it all figured out.
Taking each day at a time and learning as you go is all you can do. Your best is enough.
Everyone has different goals and paths for their future, don’t compare yourself and your goals to others, don’t doubt what you can accomplish!
This is a time to be excited, not stressed! Your dreams and ambitions are possible, you are capable of amazing things.

According to some SRA students and their thoughts and feelings about graduation:

Senior Boston Page said, “Somehow I feel like high school has been dragging on, and yet my first day of freshman year was only yesterday. It’s a weird sort of feeling. That being said, I am so excited to graduate.” Page laments. “ However, I think the biggest fears for me personally are what if my plan falls through or what if I hate my major and have to switch it I think I’m most excited about having more freedom, it may seem childish but I’m ready to be able to dye my hair crazy colors without having to stay in the dress code.”

Allyson Berghaus, a senior, said “This year has definitely flown by way too fast. It is insane to think about how just a few years ago I was excited about going to high school. Graduating in just a few months is both extremely exciting and terrifying, I think fears come with planning for your future. I have spent hours thinking about what could go wrong. The fear of failure is always present in my mind but I just have to try my best to push past it.”

Senior sunrises, Friendsgiving, and Christmas parties filled our final year of high school with lasting joy and memories that will remain as we become adults and discover new paths in life. We must enjoy and savor our last few months in high school and allow ourselves to get excited for the future.

Berghaus goes on to say, “I am most excited about being an independent adult. I am excited about starting a journey in my life that does not feel as restricted as it did in my high school years.”

The clock is ticking and regardless of whatever fears we may have about starting a new chapter in life, we have this opportunity to enjoy the rest of our senior year and find things to be excited about for the future. I implore you all to foster your excitement and ambitions rather than let your fears and worries drive your outlook on graduation.

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Leilani Dowding
Leilani Dowding, Staff Writer
Leilani Dowding is a Senior at Santa Rosa Academy. Leilani often writes poetry and paints. She is a very creative individual. Leilani loves animals and nature and spends her free time traveling and exploring. Leilani has traveled all over the United States and plans to travel internationally after graduating high school. For a career, Leilani plans to be a CBT therapist (cognitive behavioral therapist) and is very passionate about helping others. 
Danielle Okogho
Danielle Okogho, Copy Editor
Danielle Okogho is a senior at Santa Rosa Academy. She joined journalism this year because of her love for writing and wanting to get involved with the school. Born and raised in the vibrant Orange County CA, she has been to London, Paris, Belgium, and Nigeria and wants to go to Italy. Her hope for college is to go to the University of San Diego. She likes to write, play basketball, watch movies, and listen to R&B and pop. Her favorite artist right now is SZA. She is a Marvel fan and loves Black Panther and X-Men.  Her favorite movies are The Dark Knight and Back To The Future. Her goals for this year is to make the most of it, maintain her grades, and keep it positive.
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