Reflecting on My Hometown as a High School Senior

Like most teens, I’m not the fondest of my hometown and I’m itching to be released from its confinement. As I dive deeper into my senior year of high school and my future grows closer and closer, I’ve started to reflect on the few aspects of my home that I will miss.

I’ll miss being near the beach. It’s one of my favorite places on the entire planet, and I am so incredibly fortunate to live so close to it. Though I complain about my hometown being crowded in the summer (partially because of our beaches), I’ll definitely miss it when I go to college in a city.

I’ll miss seeing my best friend all of the time—she’s honestly one of the only reasons I can tolerate where I live. Though we don’t go to the same school, we try to see each other at least once a week. I truthfully have no idea what I would do without her in my life. 

I’ll miss having the freedom of getting into my car and just driving anywhere I’d like. As a teen in high school, I like that I can hang out with my friends whenever I want or drive to get coffee at my leisure. Not being able to have a car with me in college is going to be difficult at first, but I’m also looking forward to living life without it.

I’ll miss seeing my parents and just knowing that I get to come home every day and see them. Even though I don’t always see eye-to-eye with them, I love my parents deeply. Of course, it’ll be nice to live on my own, but I know there will be times when I feel incredibly homesick and will be upset that I don’t have them with me.

I’ll miss the familiarity of my room and having so much space to myself. One of the most well-known and challenging aspects of college life is living with a roommate. For most people, this is the first time they are living with someone who isn’t their family. I love privacy and having a lot of space, so I know I’ll have difficulty adjusting in that regard. But I’m also excited—it’s a new experience.

I’ll miss high school events, such as homecoming and prom, even though I don’t have a strong love for my school. I really don’t like my school and have very few friends there, but I will miss some of my memories regardless. Each Christmas, we have a hallway decoration contest which is honestly one of my favorite parts of the year. I’ll miss prom, homecoming, our school bonfire, and pep rallies (even though I don’t get too excited about them now). I’m also going to miss a few of my teachers, especially the ones that I am very close to. There aren’t that many great ones in my school, and I am very grateful for the ones that try their hardest. 

I know for a fact there are things about my hometown that I won’t miss at all. With that being said, however, I know there will be moments throughout college in which I will experience nostalgia. I have complained about where I live for so long, and I cannot wait to finally break out of this small town. It can be sad, breaking out of the familiarity of high school, but I’m not too upset about it. I’m ready and excited to make a new home in the upcoming year. 

By Bridget Fitzpatrick

1 comment

  1. yes bridget go off!!! college is gonna be so fun and we're all here for u through this change