Warrior Words: Don't be afraid of change

If there is one thing I have learned over the past four years, it is that time truly does fly by. There is no way to quantify the feeling that accompanies the realization that tomorrow is your last day in the Wilton school system — 2,353 days over 13 years and only one remains. It is a feeling that makes you want to jump off the walls, start crying, hug your best friend, and smile from ear to ear all at the same time. In this moment, you realize that high school is a whirlwind; a whirlwind, however, that you would not change for the world. And a whirlwind in which, more than anything, you learn a lot — whether you want to or not. Therefore, I would like to share with you a few of the most important things I learned at WHS:

1. Change is OK. If you had told me this is who I would be four years ago, I would have thought you were crazy. Four years ago I played soccer and lacrosse, balked at the thought of joining student government, and thought I wanted to go to a big school in the city. Today I am a runner who squeals when they see a ball flying towards them, an avid member of student government who will gladly explain to you why student government is actually super cool, and a future college student at a small school in the middle of nowhere. Thus, I say: Don’t confine yourself to who you think you want to be. Don’t be afraid to change. If something sparks interest inside of you, try it. That decision that you never plan on making often turns out to be the greatest decision that you ever make.

2. Ice skating is cool. Disney makes high school parties look really fun. And yes, they may be fun, but there are so many other things to do. My friends and I spent many bitterly cold Saturday nights ice skating, and these were undeniably some of the best nights I have ever had.

3. Talking to yourself is not (completely) abnormal. From the self-encouraging “You’re not going to die. It’s just a test. You will go to college,” before calculus tests to the “Think about how many brownies you can eat after this!” before track races, I perfected the art of talking to myself. And although some may have questioned my sanity, being your own best friend in high school undeniably helps.

4. Classical music is not just for old people. Try switching your Pandora to “Classical Radio” while you study. It helps, trust me.

5. It all works out in the end. There will be moments when you will be in over your head. Moments where you will lie on the floor in your room with textbooks flung around you, staring at the ceiling. However, you will learn that it all works out in the end. You get through that seemingly impossible day. That analysis test or AP Euro presentation that seems the end-all in the moment is, at the end of the day, just another test and you are a stronger person for making it through.

I sincerely cannot believe this is my last column, and I write this with goosebumps and butterflies at the prospect that this is the end. More than anything, my time at WHS showed me that four years go by in the blink of an eye. Therefore I have one last piece of advice for all those who will one day stand in my shoes: take it all in, be yourself, and enjoy it.

Casey Chase is a senior at Wilton High School. She shares this column with five classmates.