Departing Words of a High School Senior

Matthew Demchak, Opinion Editor

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And so my time at East Noble High School—and my time on the Knightly Scroll—has come to an end.

Yes, that’s right, dear reader: I’m graduating this year.

Because of this, I want to take some time to talk about my time here at East Noble High School.

I have spent many years in the shadows of school. Not popular, not unpopular; just right in the middle. For a while, I liked it that way.

It has only been recently that I have been reaching out for more friends, and I can honestly say that I’m both happy and surprised at how many have reached back.

I have been regarded as many things: crazy, random, insane, nice, annoying, or all of the above. I never really imagined at how many friends I would actually make with my crazy personality.

I suppose camp has taught me many of lessons of how I am today. Before camp, I was put down a lot by certain people. Every time I was myself, I was ridiculed. Called names. Yaddah yaddah yaddah, you get the picture.

But after a few years of camp, I learned to not be afraid of the criticizing voices. Thus I now act as myself and disregard any negative statements towards me.

And now I prepare to take the next step in my life: college.

This fall, I will be attending Ball State University to study Creative Writing.

For all my life, I have loved writing. The idea of creating entire universes, people, and places with just a few taps on a keyboard has always thrilled me. I’ve toyed with many different ideas over the years, many of which will probably remain in the void of abandonment. Right now though, I have settled on one single storyline to write on.

I can’t tell you what it is, but I will tell you that it’s got a lot of inspirations, and I’m incredibly happy with where it’s going, and how it will eventually end.

I have also helped cowrite a series with several different people in the school’s writing club. I must say that, while I had doubts about it at the start, has turned into something as amazing and expansive as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While I won’t be able to access my East Noble Google account after this school year is done, I do plan on assisting them with more books via my personal Google account simply because I’m excited at all the stories we still have to tell with these characters in this universe.

To the many, many people that have helped me get this far in life, I just want to say thank you. You’ve helped me survive the horror that is high school, and have given me lasting friendships that will last to infinity and beyond.

And to all those new and current high schoolers that are reading this article, I want to give some advice: always be yourself. No matter how many people laugh or sneer or complain about how random or crazy you are, just be yourself.

And even though this sounds like a cat poster, just believe in yourself.

Because once you do that, anything is possible.


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