Students worry about changes that come with high school

Students celebrating culmination in 2018.

Students celebrating culmination in 2018.

As the year is coming to an end, eighth graders are preparing to culminate. But with culmination comes accomplishments and saying goodbyes. Although many students are moving to the high school next door, many other students are also moving to schools far from here. With that comes tough goodbyes that friends aren’t always ready to give and receive.


But nonetheless, culmination is when you finally realize that you are now heading to high school where you have to grow up and be mature. Brandon Vasquez, Jesus Cruz Cruz, and Daniel Almazan all talk about what they expect from culmination and what’s to come next.


Cruz said, “I don’t think I am going to get emotional because like the people I know I’m pretty sure I’ll still talk to most of them because we’re going to the same high school.”


Cruz will be see a lot of familiar faces since he will only be moving to the high school next door.


Vasquez said, “This year I was attached to many friends and it’s going to be hard to see them leave because we are not all going to the same high school, and I’m sure I’m going to cry at least once, or twice, or three times, but yeah I am going to get really emotional.”



Who wouldn’t get sad? Culmination is the last day most of these students will ever see their friends again.


Almazan said, “I think for sure things will change because not all things are the same, things are always changing, you know nothing’s going to stay the same for always.”


High school will be a different environment from all of them, but just like when entering any other new school, things are different and you soon learn to adapt to your new surroundings or environment.


Vasquez said, “I’m more scared because there’s a lot of things I am going to let go of, like [all my] friendships. Also [in] high school, I don’t know what to expect. My brother says its not that bad, but that’s because he didn’t really try for his ninth grade and now he’s being affected this year.”


Although all these students are scared or nervous to go into high school, they all have expectations of what high school may be like and have peers to help them through this new change.


Students from two years ago throwing their lanyards as a way to show they finally culminated.