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Carpe Diem
By: Ashleigh Viveiros, Senior Editor, Garden Valley Collegiate, Winkler, MB

For those of us graduating this June, life will never be the same again. Here we are, standing on the edge of the future. Some of us leap into it, ready as ever, while others are more unsure. But one fact remains, that all of us will leave behind the place that has been our safe haven of the past 12 or 13 years.

It has been a year of endings, especially this last month, I find myself thinking it more and more. My last exam, my last lunch at the cafeteria, the last homework assignment, last yearbook, last Big Show, last everything.

It has also been a year of beginnings: for those of us going to university or college next year, we got the privilege (wasnít it fun?) of filling out endless application forms to our chosen schools, we went on to discover the joys of rushing to check the mail everyday for the one letter that would seal our future fate and send us off to school next year. For some, the letter they hoped for never came, and they had to figure out what the heck they were going to do next year, but for us lucky ones, we got to go on to figure out what courses we wanted to take and to go through registration. Some of us decided that we were sick of school, and started planning possible things to do after high school. And, in every class, there are those that just couldnít care less, and take graduating in the same stride as they take everything else.

Itís amazing, though, how much you truly feel connected with everyone in your class. Most of us started this journey together and share the memories of 13 years at school and the excitement and anticipation of grad. No matter what group we hang out with, or what interests we have, we are all connected by this.

So, remember, Carpe Diem, Seize the Day! Letís not take this time of our lives for granted. A challenge has been put before us. A challenge to achieve all our dreams and strive to be our best. Remember that we are the future doctors, lawyers, parents, and teachers. We are well on our way to running the world! And we can do anything. Anything at all!

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