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Senior Reflection: Kristen Gowdy

By Kristen Gowdy| Sports Editor | June 1, 2012

(Kierstin Brown/photo)

 

I remember the night before my first day of kindergarten. I was too excited to sleep, and I got out of bed at one in the morning and put on the clothes that I had laid out for the next day. A pink dress with squiggles and spirals. It was my first day of school. Ever. First time sitting on rug squares. First time coloring in the lines. First time writing the alphabet. But here I am, writing this a month before I graduate from high school, and I realize all of these firsts have gradually turned into lasts. Last time taking a math test. Last time playing basketball in a Dos Pueblos uniform. Last time cheering my heart out in the student section.

Reflecting on my four years at Dos Pueblos, I can honestly say that these have been the best years of my life. The friends I’ve met and the lessons I’ve learned while at DP will stay with me forever.

Though my years in high school have been so significant, it is the less significant moments that I will remember the most. Staying up all night to finish a yearbook deadline… Or two. Beating Santa Barbara in double overtime. Writing my first article for the newspaper. These moments, along with the many friends I’ve made at DP, are what make up my entire high school career.

Looking forward, I realize that I’m ready to write the next chapter of my life. Moving across the country and starting college as both an athlete and a journalist is daunting, but I look forward to it more and more each day. That being said, leaving DP will not be easy. This may just be the nostalgic side effects of senioritis talking, but over these last four years, Dos Pueblos has become my home. I’ve basically lived in T3 and in the gym, and these places will be hard to replace. This sense of reminiscence is something that only my fellow seniors will understand, but believe me underclassmen, you will feel it too when the time comes.

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