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Aug 02, 2017 at 09:55

The truth any grown up will tell you: school forms the most remarkable period of one’s life. Usually, we talk about it after it’s over, but we have three class XII students from Sanskriti School talking about all what leaving school signifies for them.

Khushi Singh

At this point in the year, a kind of storm hits the mind and life of every Grade 12 student. If you are one of these troubled species, then you know what I am talking about and if you aren’t, here is something you will face in your life sooner or later.

The beginning of the month of November is dreaded amongst us because it is not like any other November that we have faced in our lives. This is not only the November that is the fourth month before the Board Examinations, but this is the November which marks the end of “School life”. Even typing that sent shivers down my spine. It is the whole series of ‘lasts’. Last assembly, last sports day, last first day of school after vacations, last vacations and the list goes on and on. Every insignificant event in school becomes an emotional reminder of it being the last of it. School has been the only place I’ve known since I’ve known anything. It’s where we have evolved and discovered ourselves. It is not a garment we wear on ourselves, it is the skin itself.
However, the end of school brings about different emotions within people. There are three types of people in this context, first are the ones who are really emotionally and sentimentally attached to school and are the ones who ball their eyes out on songs like ‘Yaaron Dosti’ and ‘Yaad Aaayenge Pal’. The second type are the ones who don’t care enough to even make an emotional stance on the subject and remain detached, and the third and final type are the ones who are ecstatic about the fact that school is ending and they are finally going to get the freedom they have always wanted.

No matter which type you belong to, this time of the year gets to you. No matter what reason it is for – pressure for the boards, JEE and other entrance exams or leaving friends and school. Every day is a countdown. I always pictured the last day of school to be something that will happen way later in life, and there is time. But that my friends, is the biggest lie. In the words of Buddha, “The trouble is we think we have time.”
It is the memories that trouble us. Whether it was the friends you have had from nursery, stupid fights you had in middle school, the laughs you shared when your friend said the wrong answer confidently in class, the time you almost got suspended, the time you scored amazing marks, the time you almost failed but your friends did too so it was okay, the time you chased your best friend down the corridor, the waiting in line to get food in the canteen, the forceful controlling of laughter during class, the friend who cannot stop cracking lame jokes, the times you have been there for each other through everything in life. *Sigh* I can keep going on and on, but the truth is, school is an integral part of our lives at the moment. It’s like the end of an era but perhaps the beginning of a new one. I do not mean to move you into tears or  add any emotional stress but  I do stress you to enjoy whatever amount of school life you have left, because I can assure you, you are going to miss it a heck lot. Lastly I would want to end with saying that, don’t ever forget where you came from, wherever you go. Stay connected to your roots and to the people who you love. School khatam ho raha hai, Dosti nahi.

Lalantika Arvind

School is ending. Three words that every 12th grader has had etched into their brain since April. And while in April it may have seemed like a distant destination, the reality seems all too close these days.

Ask any 12th grader what they’re up to, and in the bustle of college applications and prepping for boards/ entrances each one will definitely find a way to casually slip in farewell or conti party.

But accompanying these is also a sudden realization about 20 times a day: School. Is. Ending.

You no longer have to wake up at the strike of dawn, drag yourself out of bed and go to a place for 6hrs a day, every single day. You no longer get to meet friends –some that you’ve known for a decade even- every single day; steal your friend’s tiffin; try and make sneaky conversations while the teacher drones on or even have those special moments where you see your teacher as a plausible friend.

Yes, it’s the end of an era. But it’s the beginning of a lifetime.

I was recently talking to a friend who has been having Devdas moments as she’s digesting the fact that the supposedly best years of her life are coming to an end. But the reality is that she and I went to two very different schools.

While she went to a place where school was a happy and safe place, reminding her of home; for me school has been, at best a place where I get to meet a few like- minded people. I’ve always been a social outcast, never really fitting in with anyone. And don’t even get me started on the horror that was middle school! So yes, while I will miss the past 14 years of my life, I can’t wait to see where the next decades will take me.

And you should too. School has defined you, moulded you into the person that you are to become. But it’s what you do now, once you step out of the boundaries of your school, is what will come to define you.

Once you get out of school, you essentially get a do-over. You get to be who you want, make decisions for yourself, contribute to society in holistic ways.
If you didn’t fit in with anyone in school, hopefully that will change in college. If you did fit in during your school lifetime, hopefully that will continue. College is such an open space that you are guaranteed to find yourself!

So in the midst of this nostalgia, I have one message for all my fellow 12th graders: Let It Go.

There’s so much ahead of all of us. And even though right now our emotions are all basically ‘college nahi hone wala, McDs hire karlega na?’ trust me, ‘kahin toh ho jayega’.
And when that happens, go with your gut feeling. Let go of what society or parents or Sharmaji thinks you should do. Do what you think you should do. Because 20years down the line, you will be the one living your life not them, so make sure you can look your future self in the eye and tell them that yes, you followed your dreams, and whatever happened, you bore it on your own two feet.

So in Elsa’s words, Let it go, turn away and slam the door!

Kunalika Gautam

‘There is a universal truth we all have to face, whether we want to or not, everything eventually ends. As much as I’ve looked forward to this day, I’ve always disliked endings. Last day of summer, the final chapter of a great book, parting ways with a friend. But endings are inevitable, Leaves fall, you close the book, you say goodbye. Time has come for us to say goodbye to everything that was familiar, everything that was comfortable. But just because we’re leaving, and it hurts, there are some people, some things that are so much a part of us that they will be with us no matter what. They are our solid ground. Our North Star. Always.’ (Alexis Castle)

You and I, we go a long way. It was with you that I learnt how to run, the lingo of life, you educated me, gave me a name, a place and all I am today, is because of you. We could be siblings (really), you, born on 12th August 1998 and I on 8th August 1999 and yet you have nurtured me like a mother. I have seen you grow, flourish and achieve unprecedented heights and though my journey under your shelter is over, you are so much a part of me that we can never let go of each other.

Even as I reach the end, I wonder how it could come so soon.

People say one doesn’t miss memories they made with you, rather the friends they met, the teachers they loved, and while I am grateful for all of that I will miss Sanskriti the most, because you are such an integral part of those memories that there is nothing without you. I will miss walking into the big gate with the waterfall by my side, the red sandstone that adorns you (our own personal fort), the ponds, and each corner that I have visited a million times. I have spent 14 years of my life within these walls – having known nothing else. More importantly wanting to know nothing else.

Sanskriti is home. The number of games I have invented, treasures we have shared, secrets only you and I know – and yet those deludes say it’s only the people you miss – how absurd!

They know nothing of the bonds that can be made between lost 3 year olds and the warmest, sweetest Sanskriti. You protect, you empower. You bring out the best in us. It seems so unreal, 14 years flew away too fast. Let’s turn time and start all over again.

‘You get a strange feeling when you are about to leave a place, like you will not only miss the place that you have come to love but you’ll miss the person you are now, at this time and this place, because you will never be this way ever again.’ (Azar Nafisi)

You and I go a long way and the happiest part is you and I have an even longer way to go. So you be you and I will be what you taught me to be and together we will be just as we are.