Lumberjack day 2
Graduates from High School Reflect Back On the “Good Old Days”

by Addie Robert

Leaving high school isn’t as easy as it seems, and starting college isn’t either. I asked a few college students how they felt about leaving their hometown, and high school.

Morgan D’arcy, a graduate from Urbana High, said, “It’s very bittersweet. I miss all of my friends and certain aspects of home and high school- my house, driving, Frederick, certain teachers, but I am glad I’m making new friends and have the opportunity to move on and figure out my life. I like the freedom and not having to rely on anyone, but sometimes I miss the personal relationships I made with some high school teachers that I haven’t had the chance to have with my professors yet.”

Meredith Gamble, a graduate from Walkersville High School, said, “I like being on my own and being a lot more independent than in high school, and it’s been a great experience. I do miss my friends and home but I’m also glad to have the opportunity to meet new people and experience a new environment.”

Ryan Robert, a graduate from Walkersville High and my sister, said, “Leaving high school was the best feeling ever. It was nice to leave all the unnecessary drama and people I didn’t mesh well with behind, and never have to see them ever again.”

Most students agree that the most difficult thing about leaving high school is transferring from high school life to college life.

D’arcy said, “The transition was surprisingly easy and the amount of freedom I now have helps that a lot. I did have a lot of independence in high school that has translated well into college. It is more difficult filling in free time, however, so it is really important to get involved so I’m not stuck napping in my room all day. Overall, the only transition I have struggled with is not having my close friends and family near me at all times.”

Gamble said, “I like being on my own and being a lot more independent than in high school and it’s been a great experience. I do miss my friends and home, but I’m also glad to have the opportunity to meet new people and experience a new environment.”

Robert said, “It was surprisingly easy, I love everything about my school. I’ve made some awesome friends and my professors are, for the most part, actually really cool.”

Even though it may be easy for them to transfer from high school to college, there are still things that they miss from high school.

D’arcy said, “There are a couple of things I miss most about high school. The main thing being the fact that I don’t get to see my friends everyday, who over the years, became family to me. I also miss how familiar I was with the school and certain faculty, and the set routine.”  

Robert said, “I miss the lack of responsibility honestly; in high school you had a pretty set schedule where you only had a few hours to do homework. Here I have way too much time and managing it to be helpful is a difficult task.