|[Picture of our school’s principal giving a speech; taken by myself]|
Their graduation was truly something that I had to celebrate, but I could not. When it came to saying farewell to the seniors, I was not able to leave them and wish them good luck. After the final speech by the senior representative, the seniors received their high school diplomas one by one on the stage. As I saw each one of them receiving a diploma, I could realize that they were truly leaving. As all of the seniors received the diploma, they moved their tassels from right to left, symbolizing their independence and graduation.
|[Picture of seniors throwing their caps to celebrate their graduation; taken by Yuchan Kim, one of the senior]|
I looked at the photos that I had taken with the seniors and felt that the smiles that I made were fake. I did not feel like smiling because of the fear of near future and the loss of my memories with seniors, but I had to celebrate them so I forced myself to smile. I wondered if it was only me who felt this way. Looking around, I saw other students saying their final goodbyes to the seniors, some trying to hold their tears and some bursting into tears. As I talked with them after the event, I could see that most of the students were feeling the same.
As I reflect on my feelings about graduation, I thought that it was normal for anyone to feel that way. After all, it is true that a huge part of our lives were leaving. However, the senior’s graduation did not mean that the bond between us and seniors are lost, if we keep in contact with them. After graduation, I promised myself that I would sustain the relationship with the seniors and try hard to be a successful graduate just like them.
Korea International School Jeju
Kim Dongki firstname.lastname@example.org
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