Senior Goodbye Letter From Jessica Ilgner

Wow, senior year is over for me. I have to say, I’m pretty relieved, no offense to everyone. Yeah, it was really fun, but I’m overdue to be released into the world. It starts to feel less scary and more exciting when you get to the horizon of your freedom. I’m excited to start all the things I’ve dreamed about. I have my whole life, I have all the time in the world, and there’s so much to see and be done. I’m really happy that I won’t be obligated to be somewhere for eight hours a day, everyday, for 12 years. I have made many amazing friends along the way… so many places around Lenoir City will be attached to memories (good, bad and ugly). My teachers have made such an impact on my life and I’ll never forget them, especially my English teachers. Mrs. Cochran, Mrs. Renker, Mrs. Hudak, Mr. Hudson and Mrs. Wallace are such amazing people that guided me through each year. I’d like to thank them so much. All my friends, the people I love and my family have helped me to be a person just a little bit better than I’d hoped to be, which is more than I can ask for, honestly. I’ve got a long way to go, but I think the best way to be is to never stop growing as a person. Your personal growth shouldn’t become stagnant. What’s the point of continuing in life if you can’t learn, experience, grow and change?

When people tell you the good times are in highschool-I guess that’s true for some people, but not for everyone. You do kind of become who you will be for a while; you learn a lot about people, life, growing up, and the need to calm down and breathe. Life is not that important, honestly. Do what makes you happy and that brings meaning to your life. Have a little fun. My biggest regret is spending too much time consuming really pointless media instead of learning useful, important lessons, and creating something meaningful to me. I also regret taking things too seriously. If there’s one thing you should do before you graduate, it’s make a few stupid mistakes. You need a little bit off character if you want to build on yourself. Well, good luck if you’re still in highschool. It’s alright I guess. The cafeteria food is improving, though! They have chicken fries.