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Graduation. Is it worth it?
By: K. Smith, Grade 12, Crescent Collegiate, Blaketown, NF

This is my last year in high school. I am finally graduating. Everyday is one step closer to that long-awaited diploma. My proof that I have endured 13 years of gut-wrenching school. From the first day of kindergarten to the last day of grade 12. I'm actually going to make it.

The actual ceremony of grad or "prom", as some people call it, is fast approaching. Many people are making their hair and photo appointments. The girls are buying dresses, the boys are renting tuxes. Oh it's bound to be quite a big event. But is it all worth it?

Take me for example. My dress is being made especially for this event. A blue victorian style dress. Just what I wanted. My cap and gown pictures have been taken and my 11x14 for the dining room wall has been ordered. Me in my blue graduation gown with the hat, the tassel just so and the white collar crisp and well ironed, holding my diploma with pride. Then, there are the grad day pictures. My date, my family and I all decked out for the big night. But of course, being the procrastinator that I am, I couldn't get an appointment for the day of my prom so I have to get those pictures taken the day before.

Which brings me to my next expense. Hair appointments. Because my pictures and my grad are on two different days, I need to have two hair appointments. But in the name of grad and all that is holy, it has to be worth it. Or is it?

Is the stressful planning, the careful decorating, the fighting over colors, the pictures, the hairdo's, the fancy evening wear and the post grad celebration all worth the hassle. After all, my blue victorian styled dress will probably never be worn again and will simply hang in my closet collecting dust. My curls will come out and my pictures will most likely go in an album that no one will look at. Once the novelty wears off, my 11x14 on the dining room wall will become another annoying frame to clean.

So is it worth it? After going to school for 13 years of my life, you bet it is!

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