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Staff column: We'll remember always, graduation day


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By RICHARD SHAW
Sun Advocate publisher

This week and last week marks a time when one of the most vivid memories local 18 year olds that have been attending Carbon or Pinnacle High Schools will ever have.

In the case of Pinnacle High School, graduation was last Friday and those memories are already made.

At Carbon High they will be created this week, as seniors walk to get their diplomas.

It is a day when their lives change; they go from having literally schedules made for them each and every day to deciding on their own where they want their lives to go from here.

When I graduated (and boy is that a long time ago now) I didn't realize the change I would face. Sure the summer was still the summer, but when I started college the next fall we didn't begin school until mid-September and all my younger friends had been in public school at least two weeks already.

I remember how weird it was to drive through school zones and realize that I was no longer bound to those days of class, school lunch and activities. I was an adult with total responsibility for my own life. I could do what I wanted and go where I wanted.

As much as the freedom was great, it was also unsettling. I was no longer a Murray Spartan, but an alumni (you know that group of old people who come to homecoming each year).

As with most people I adjusted, but the changes were tremendous. I had many friends who seemed just to flow out of public school so easily. I have to admit I missed high school as soon as I was out of it. It was fun, bascially care free and easy as compared to life in the real world.

Yet, there was a whole new adventure in front of me, and it was easy to relish.

Old people always tend to give advice to the young, whether they need it or not. Eighteen year olds seem so much more grown up than we were when I finished my school years in 1970, but still, inside, they have concerns and insecurties about their changing lives.

All I have to say to them is that life is tougher on the outside, but with that toughness there is also a lot of joy and good times as well.

Welcome to the adult world.

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