A letter to the class of ’23, ’24, ’25, and ’26…

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The bride tribe rocking their formal uniform for the last time. (Photo Credit: Brooke Kizziar)

Brooke Kizziar, Sports Editor

One week left. The day I have been waiting for the past 10 years of my life is actually here. I am officially going to be a high school graduate. The door to my teenage years is starting to close as I move closer into the college life an adulthood. When I walk on the academy grounds for the last time, I will reminisce on all of the memories and how thankful I am to have ended up here. Even next year each class will move up into becoming seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen taking the spot of the previous class which I refuse to believe is true. I haven’t even connected the reality of my class leaving the academy. With that said, I have some advice for the Rosary student body next year.

To the class of 2023,

Your senior year is your best year. You’ve worked hard and kicked butt for the past 3 years to get to where you are now. Now with that being said, senioritis will kick in pretty early for a lot of you. This year is filled with the most fun, but there is still rigorous work that needs to be done before you can let your senioritis take over. College applications are very stressful and every senior can tell you they have shed a couple tears while filling them out. Don’t worry, it goes by very fast. Go to every football game, every single dance, and come out of your shell a little bit. Please DO NOT fill your class schedule with rigorous AP and honors courses, it really is not worth it. I promise you will get into a great school without having a 4.8 GPA and all of the AP credits. Do not stress about not knowing what to do with your life after high school. I had no idea what my interests were until about last month and you can change your major as many times as you please in your first couple years of college. Senior year is really the year when friends come and go and some even come right back. At least for me and a few others, senior year really showed them who their true friends are and who they are meant to keep a connection with. Do not waste your time trying to fight for a friendship if it is not keeping you happy. Honestly, just have fun and surround yourself with so much love. Don’t waste a day. OH! I almost forgot. GO. ON. KAIROS. Kairos truly changed my life for the better and I was blessed to have been able to go in this retreat twice. Once as a retreatant and the second as a leader. I am forbidden to speak of anything that happens on Kairos, but you have to go. This is your last year of high school and with all your friends before college makes everyone move away from one another. Make the most of every day. Graduate with no regrets.

To the class of 2024,

I am not going to sugar coat it, junior year sucks. And there is sadly not too much I can say because covid-19 took away my junior year and all I did was sleep during class at home with my camera pointed to the ceiling. But it is a rigorous year. There are SATs, ACTs, and a lot of first time AP exams. With the countless hours of test tutoring, test practice, and 5-hour exams, your brain will be fried by the time summer comes around. This is the year grades really count, so apply yourself as best as you can. But don’t let school stop you from having fun outside of your studies. This is the year you need to take hold of your mental health the strongest. You really need to make self-care and your health your top priority. Because without being happy how can you be successful and present? To be transparent with you, this was where I failed my junior year. Many of you know my story but if you don’t, I was diagnosed with anorexia my junior year and that year was truly my worst during my high school life. My life was lived through depression and my grades majorly slipped because I didn’t make taking care of myself a priority. But there are still positives to your junior year. For one, you are now officially upperclassmen! There is Rosary Day, your first prom, and some of you will have the chance to go on Kairos in the spring. Let your senior year be your motivation for getting through this year! You got this. Also, please do not wear college sweatshirts. That’s a senior privilege, not a junior privilege. Yeah, I’m looking right at you class of 2023…

To the class of 2025,

Sophomore year is when things start to feel a bit more real. Your freshman year was a slow transition of the middle school life into the high school life. School work was not too bad and things were pretty easy. That is not exactly the case this year. The work load will kind of hit you like a bus. But don’t worry, you’ll manage just fine. Do not bully the freshmen, you were in their same position a year ago. Sorry, but you aren’t that “cool” level yet. Instead, help guide them. Respect your upper class sisters too if you want them to respect you right back.

To the class of 2026,

Ah yes, the freshmen. Or as I like to call you guys, “fresh meat.” Welcome to high school. I know it seems scary at first, but it really is a lot of fun. Buckle your seatbelts, you’re in for a wild ride.

I can’t wait to see how you guys do at Rosary next year. I promise I’ll come visit once in a while, this is my second home after all. Am I terrified for college? 100% I am. But I’m buckling my seatbelt and preparing for the wild ride of college. Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year again. Here we go. This is Brooke Kizziar class of 2022, officially signing off of the Royal Reporter. It was fun while it lasted. This place has my heart forever. <3

Thank you, Rosary Academy.