78° F Saturday, June 24, 2017

By Sarah Anderson

For the next two weeks, there will be STARR testing on May 7, 8 and 14. On those dates, juniors and seniors won’t sarah-anderson-tiger-timeshave to be at school until 11:30 a.m. So sleep in, my dears! It is finally paying off to be an upperclassman.

As the school year comes to an end, it is harder to find school events to write about. Prom is getting closer. Math is reviewing for semester exams and everyone is breaking out the sweatpants.

As seniors, we are making plans and finding apartments, or filling out housing forms for dorm rooms. In economics class we have been budgeting for housing and bills, what we will need to buy for rooms and housing and figuring out what it will cost to live on our own.

The list of things we could potentially need was far longer then I expected. Anticipating how great it would all look after I’ve decorated my dorm room, I almost forgot to plan for essentials, such as bath towels! And some of my classmates came up with pretty goofy things, like disco balls and grilled-cheese sandwich makers.

For me, this means cleaning out all of my stuff. I have been going though my clothes and taking them to Liza Jane’s (a great re-sale shop on Main Street in Bastrop). I’ve been throwing away old papers and giving away art supplies that I won’t need for college.

I now have several empty shelves and a cleaned-off desk. Just this weekend I got rid of so much stuff. Some of it was hard to part with, but I know that by getting rid of it now, I have made my future roommate that much happier.

It’s almost time for fresh beginnings and new faces, in a new place and a new home. Just writing that down, I can picture my mom waving from the middle of the road as I ride off into the sunset. Already it feels bittersweet.

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