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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

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To be ready or not to be

Arpita Das
It’s so ironic how we got our graduation gowns the same day four years ago when covid shut down, March 13th!

Dear Present me, 

I think I’m in a state of contradiction regarding how quickly things are changing—it’s like all my peers around me are racing toward the future, and I just want to stay in the present. It’s such an ethereal feeling to think that in just 61 days, I will officially be an alumna of Forest Hills Central High School. 

And I don’t think I’m ready to come to terms with that truth hanging above my head.  

I don’t think I’m ready to accept that in just 54 days, I will no longer be a high school student but a rising freshman in college. 

I don’t know if I’m ready for that. I can’t imagine leaving a place where most of my transformative years of schooling took place. I don’t know if I’m ready to start the next chapter of my life and leave behind the many memories I’ve created here. 

I don’t know if I’m ready for everything to change. 

I’m not ready for everyone to start the next chapter of their lives. 

I’m not ready for everyone to only be a phone call or text message away. 

I’m not ready for my parents to officially earn the title of “empty nesters.” 

I’m not ready for my sister to begin her entrance into medical school. 

I’m not ready for any of it, and I don’t think I ever will be. 

It feels like I’ve been a pebble on a sidewalk for the entirety of senior year, and I kind of wish my life could always be like that. 

I’m so scared that the memory of me here will dissolve the second I graduate. I want the footprints that I’ve left all over the school to stay there for as long as they can because everything is changing all too fast. 

I find it quite ironic how we receive our graduation gowns on the same day that the whole world shut down, March 13th.

Even the school is changing in ways I never thought possible. By the time I’m a freshman in college, the school will undergo a massive structural transformation. And if that’s not enough to make it nearly unrecognizable, our APUSH teacher of 30 years and high school principal are retiring as of this year. 

It honestly makes me wonder if when I come to visit, FHC will be the same school it once was. I hope that my impact on this school will continue to be a remnant of it no matter how many changes this building undergoes. 

As much as I want everything to stay the same, I know that one day, it’s all going to change. And it already has. The changes in my life didn’t feel real until today, the day I received my cap and gown. 

The day I received my cap and gown was the day I realized that everything that was happening around me was no longer an unattainable dream but rather a lifestyle, a lifestyle that was the entrance of changing every aspect of my life. 

And as much as I’m not ready for those changes, I know that when the day and time comes for me to experience those changes, I will be ready. 


Present me 

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Arpita Das
Arpita Das, Publicity Editor
Arpita is a senior entering her third and final year as a staff writer on The Central Trend. She has been a part of the Science Olympiad team since the 7th grade but made the tough decision choice to step down this year. However, Arpita still keeps herself busy working once a week with kids on Thursdays and being a part of clubs such as Model UN and DECA. When Arpita isn't writing, you will often find her rewatching The Flash on Netflix, playing the piano, doing press on nails, going on walks, studying at the library, and visiting new coffee shops. Despite the fact that it's her last year of high school, she is so excited to see what senior year has in store for her and is curious to see what pieces of writing she will produce. Car: A black Volvo SUV that goes by the name of Ali whom Arpita adores. Favorite food and color: The Fettuccine Alfredo from Olive Garden and Navy Blue Favorite class: Advanced Writing for Publication and Honors Model UN Favorite actor from The Flash: Grand Gustin, also known as Barry Allen Does she have an unhealthy obsession with The Flash? Yes, yes she does, and she always will!  

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