Guest Post: Trina Aiken, graduating senior of PYO

When I think about graduation I have a mix of emotion. I am so excited that high school is over but then I think “high school is really over” and I get sad. I am going to miss going to Durham school of the Arts, I’m going to miss all of the teachers and all of my classmates in the class of 2014. I am going to miss everyone I got to meet through Partners for Youth, and all the people that have watched me grow for the last four years. Most of all I’m going to miss my family and the comfort of being surrounded by them. I’m excited that I get to go to ECU next year. I am looking forward to trying new things and continuing swimming. I’m excited that my life is moving forward, but it is still hard to believe that this day has finally come.

High school in the beginning seemed to drag on forever, and never seemed like it was going to end. The last two years seemed to pass too quickly, and in the blink of an eye I am now a few days away from graduation. When I look back I am very grateful for all the opportunities that I have been given. I am grateful to my parents for majority of the time being patient with me and allowing me to do swimming and getting up with me for three months at 5:30am. Senior year has been the best and yet the most stressful I can remember crying over college applications and everything that goes into it. I hope that all the people I have met and known through my high school life will still watch over me and support me and watch me met my full potential. I just want everyone to know how much I’m going to miss them, how much I love them and how much I truly care about them. See you next year.

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