Senior Perspective: Haley McAveney


(From left to right) Ezmeralda Reyes, Caitlin Walsh, Haley McAveney, and Vianca Soriano at the State Meet of Champions for Track and Field.

Haley McAveney, Staff Writer

Since freshman year- and maybe even before that- every student romanticizes their senior year. The excitement of prom, graduation, yearbook signings, and the impending start of college makes senior year feel like a dream. It’s easy to get so caught up in your expectations for the year that you forget to actually live in it.

Let me explain. Our student body tends to glorify certain traditions we’ve seen students before us experience, and feel entitled to the same. When things didn’t pan out the way we expected- for example, losing spirit week- it created a bitterness that we haven’t been able to shake. But if we had taken a moment to consider that the impressions we left these last few months define us and our grade, we may have been able to overcome the nasty attitude that had grabbed hold of our class. Instead, we allowed ourselves to sulk and pitied ourselves over a, in the end, stupid reason.

So here is some advice for future seniors;

Do not get caught up with silly ideas of what senior year is “supposed” to be like. From personal experience, I can tell you that if you do that, your year will be miserable. Experience the good and the bad as though this is any other year of high school. If you do that, I promise the good will stand out in your memories, and the bad, you’ll forget about.

Do not forget to thank the people who got you here. Teachers, coaches, and even friends- thank those who helped you and loved you. They will appreciate it, and it will feel good to do it.

Do not miss out on the special things your senior year. Even if you think you won’t have fun at prom, I promise you will. Or you think you don’t need a yearbook- I promise you will regret that. Right now you may think that none of this matters, and maybe in the future you will feel the same way. But it would be a shame to look back and realize you wish you had been a part of things that you had decided to sit out on then.

And, finally, do not forget your high school experience. Good or bad, these years define who we will grow to be.

I, personally, will never forget Mrs. Groff, Mr. Hartney, Mr. Kelly, or Mrs. Westbrook. They helped me grow to become the person I am today, and their influence and the lessons they taught me will be with me forever.

Thank you, New Milford High School, for being my home for the past four years. There have been ups and downs, but I wouldn’t have wanted to grow up in any other place.

I don’t know what the next few years will hold, nor do I know about the years after that. But I know I’m so excited. Congratulations Class of 2017!