It’s that time of year: senior picnics, special assemblies, prom, trips to theme parks—all activities that keep students occupied with the business of moving toward graduation. There is a “buzz” in the air; an electric excitement. Conversations are less about how bad the cafeteria lunch is and more about how to pay for that dorm deposit or what forms are left to send to the college registrar’s office. When I asked one of my students if he was ready to leave, he stopped, thought about it, and replied, “I am, but I’m not.”
His story mirrors most graduating seniors.