My TCT family is my favorite part of high school

I am so grateful for everyone around me,  specifically my TCT friends. I was so scared walking into our classroom on the first day of school because I had no clue who anyone else was, and I had no idea what this class would be like.

I solely choose this class to become a better writer, but what I didn’t know is that I would end up needing this class. The stressful days always ended with me laughing so hard with my TCT friends; I can tell anyone in that room my problems and they truly just want to listen and help.

I know that I will eventually walk back into that classroom again, but it won’t feel the same. Our seniors made everything so much better. It’s like losing a member of your family when they graduate. I didn’t think I would cry when we did our goodbyes over Zoom, but by the end, I was sobbing.

I really just want to give everyone a hug and say a real goodbye for the summer, especially for our seniors with a true goodbye. I think what is really special about this class is the fact that I wasn’t expecting it to turn out like this.

I was expecting to be drowning in work and not making any friends because the older kids wouldn’t want anything to do with me. But now, looking back on the whole year, TCT always made the week feel quicker, and I always could just be myself in our classroom and not worry about what other people thought of me.

School can be an overwhelming place, and I think we all need someone that we know always has our back, and for me, everyone on TCT’s staff is that person for me. Most of the staff I will see again soon, but it’s still sad to know that Kelsey and I won’t have to fight about who is sitting in the comfy chair today, or I won’t get experience our meetings at the start of class, or even that I won’t get to laugh so hard with people like Emma, Linus, Allie, Natalie, Lynlee, and more for a whole summer.

I miss everyone so much. I guess this is kind of a sad “good thing,” but overall, I am so blessed to have these amazing people in my life who always have my back and are always supporting me. I didn’t expect to gain a family just through my sixth-hour class, but here I am at the end of freshman year writing this.

I just want to say thank you. Thank you to Mr. George for always supporting me and listening to my ideas. Thank you to all of the upperclassmen for always giving me advice and just being so kind to me. Thank you to my sophomores for putting up with me and everything going on in my life and just being there to listen. And thank you to Allie for sticking through this crazy year with me.

I want to come back next year, and I want to keep writing, but most of all, I want to come back and see my family.

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