By Nicole King & Julianna Mirabile
In the blink of an eye, our Seniors this year will be walking across the Merriweather Post Pavilion stage, eager to accept their diplomas. These past four years at Glenelg have flown by, and there are multiple emotions surrounding it. Some are apprehensive and emotional, while
others excited and ready to leave, and most feeling accomplished and proud of what they have achieved. The Seniors graduating this year have been asked if they had a piece of advice to share that they have acquired over their time at Glenelg. Senior, Maddy O’Brien, says that, “Getting a job and being allowed to get work release was my best decision this year. I’m grateful that I can start saving up for college now.” Other responses varied from realizing it’s better to have two real friends than ten fake friends, staying true to who you are, starting the college application process early, and wishing they tried more their Freshman year.
The class of 2018 is one to go down in history. Those graduating this year will be the last of the babies born in the 1900s, and the firstborn in the 21st century. This generation were the last to grow up playing outside, the last to know the struggle of rewinding a VCR, and the first to spend hours personalizing Miis to look like our best friends. Most of us still have our childhood best friends’ phone numbers memorized and have ordered our elementary school Halloween costume from a catalog in the mail. In the back of our closets remains the Hannah Montana and Jonas Brothers CDs that are most likely covered in scratches, the notebooks filled with our predicted future from MASH, and old flip phones that were passed down from our parents.
With all this being said, it is pretty clear that this year’s graduating class has experienced it all. From getting their fullest creative potential out of a technology-free childhood, to being the first with Snapchats and Instagrams, these past 18 years were some of the most innovative ones to grow up in. “I think it was sixth grade when I first got an Instagram on my iPod Touch. I think we can all agree that our feed was full of a ‘like for a TBH’ or ‘comment a heart and I’ll rate you’,” Senior Amy Smith recalled when asked about her first social media experience, “I think it’s pretty cool that it’s going to be so easy for everyone to stay in touch after we graduate,” she continued. Though almost every teenager is involved with social media, Smith and several others appreciate that graduation isn’t the end for their high school friendships thanks to these platforms.
When Freshmen year finally rolled around, Alex from Target had his few seconds of fame and the ice bucket challenge was a phenomenon. Sophomore year started out with selfie sticks and ended with the death of Harambe. And Junior year, though a tough one, included viral mannequin challenges, fidget spinners, dabbing, and intense competitions with water bottle flipping. When Senior year snuck up on the class of 2018, they were proud to be the ones wearing red on color day after celebrating their Seniority at an early morning bonfire. With these memories in mind, Seniors were asked to reminisce on their past four years and share their favorite memory as they leave Glenelg behind and take their next step in life: