From kindergarten to senior year: Hudgins reminisces about school

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Tears. They kept pulling me off my mother. It feels like just yesterday my mom would walk me to my classroom only to face the crying and screaming of her leaving me each day. If it were my choice, I would have never gone to school. Homeschooling sounded so good to me, simply because I never had to leave my mom. But she would leave each day even though it hurt, because she knew I would grow past the crying and get through each day. She knew I would make it and she knew my feelings about school would change.

She did what was best for me.

Today, I face the end of my senior year. I guarantee everyone that witnessed my tears in kindergarten never thought I would have made it to this day, except for my mom. I am running out of time on this campus and with a blink of an eye, I will be walking across the stage. It is so hard to believe. A totally new journey will start for me in 15 weeks.

I am super excited. I am super nervous. So many different emotions run through me when I think about it. I couldn’t leave my mom for half a day in kindergarten, what makes me think I can go to college.

I never thought this day would come. I am in my second half of senior year. I watched my sisters reach this point in their life and it seemed unreachable. There is no going back once I walk that stage. I am no longer under my parents roof every night. There is no stopping what is going to happen for me. I have looked forward to and dreaded this day for the longest time. The only time I will be with my parents again is in the summer. I will have a new home, a new life, and things will be completely different.

I am a different person know. I know what has to be done and I have goals that I want to achieve and I want to build a future me. School no longer sounds scary to me. Of course, leaving my parents is scary, but I am excited to see what this journey holds and how I handle it all. I used to not want to go to college, but now I look forward to it. It is a totally new style of schooling and I can’t wait to see how I react to it.

But my days at MHS are running short.

My days to walk the halls, sit in the classrooms, and act as a student are limited. I will never be a part of Friday night football games ever again, or put on a Yellowjacket jersey. I am happy that Mineola was such a big part of my life and I will never forget the awesome experiences that came with it.

However, it is time for me to let go and move on. I am excited to call Mineola High School my alma mater.

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From kindergarten to senior year: Hudgins reminisces about school