It was the month of February and the zephyr reminded her of the year that has just passed. After her class, she went to her locker and found a blue note on it. It contained an inspirational quote that once again, brightened her day. She smiled and held the note to her chest.
“Hey Ianthe.” her best friend Anna Leigh cut her momentum. “You look weary. Did you have a tough day?”
“Yes!” she exclaimed. “I cannot believe this! We have five 20-paged projects due on Wednesday, a baby thesis due tomorrow, and ten assignments today! And it doesn’t end there! We need to take care of the recommendation letters from our teachers for all the application forms for college entrance exams. And to think that I applied for the five, topmost schools here in our country.” She gasped for her breath and continued. “Our prom is due next week, the day before our entrance exam in the three, most prestigious schools. This is suicide! “Ianthe exasperatedly said.
Anna Leigh giggled and said, “Ian , don’t overreact. This is not even a part of what’s in store of us in college.”
Ianthe sighed. “I know, I know. But… “She scoffed.”Nah. Forget it. “
After they exchanged their goodbyes, they parted ways. When she was walking along the corridor of their school, she saw Kenneth, an alumnus of their school, walking on her way. She watched him closely. It was when she realized that he was cute. He has a fair complexion, even fairer than her, lean body and the sweetest and most overwhelming smile she had ever seen.
“Hey Ianthe.” He snapped then laughed. “Are you going home?” he said and flashed a glamorously spectacular smile.
“Maybe no. I still have to stay at the library. I need to study for that mind-boggling physics.” she said with a scoff and sighed.
He chuckled with amusement. “It’s easy once you get the hang of it. Do you want me to help you out?”
Ianthe’s weary expression was dominated by shock and a glint of happiness. “Really? Swear? “
“Yeah sure. It’ll be my pleasure.” he said and made a sound near to laughter.
Her face brightened as she exclaimed and jumped with excitement. “Oh! You’re my knight in shining armor! ”
They went to the school library. It was almost dark and the glittering stars were already spread on the dim, slue sky when they went out of the library. Their laughter echoed in the empty halls of their school. It was no doubt that they were ecstatic. Before they went home, they bid goodbye and promised to each other that that won’t be the last time that they’d be together. And their promises were fulfilled. The next day, after class, they went on an ice cream store and gaily conversed over cups of ice cream. After that, they went out regularly. Ianthe couldn’t ask for more.
After a month, her hectic schedule took place. To her despair, she had to cancel her for she liked to call it, errands, with Kenneth. The haste and hassle of her schedule almost killed her. She had to take care of her school records which were needed for her college applications. She had vast projects and reports which were needed for her clearance. There also came point when she had to stay up for a week just to meet the deadline of her requirements. Her only consolation was, just like her, everybody in their senior year was cramming. They all had to suffer and struggle for them to be able to march onto the stage on the graduation day. After all the difficulties she had been through, she finally surrendered to a blissful break. To make up for her broken promises to Kenneth, she decided to spend her free time with him. Settling on a cozy corner of their school field, they spent their leisure time over a can of soda.
“So tell me, how is it like to be in college?” Ianthe inquired while playing with the dew on her can of soda.
From the can of soda, Kenneth’s eyes flew to her and went on the green, luscious field. “Well, you know brand new things—- term papers, proffesors, filler notebooks and such.” His inquisitive eyes flew to her. “Why did you ask?”
She met his eyes that were seeing through her soul but then, she again, turned away. She sighed. “I don’t know. You know, I have this…fear within me that worries me much. I mean, less than a month from now, we’re all going to be in college. It won’t be what it used to be anymore. How will I carry on in college? Will I have any friends? Unlike in high school, I don’t know anybody there. How am I going to survive? “She problematically appealed and sighed.
After sometime, finally, Kenneth recovered himself. He reached out for her. “Hey,” he touched her hand with his. “Relax; everything’s going to be fine. Just be yourself and give everything your best shot and everything will fall right into place. “He thoughtfully assured her.
A long, ponderous silence went between them. But later on, Kenneth broke the ice and in just a snap, they were back on track.
The day of the graduation came. The famous act two of the Grand triumphal March from Verdi’s “Aida” could be heard all over the school vicinity. As the students came together with their parents, an overwhelming aura lingered throughout the place that brightened everyone’s faces more. Despite the make-up, grand outfit and the togas, the mixed emotions in everybody’s faces could be deciphered. Happiness for everything that a student achieved all throughout his/her happiest part of his/her life as a young adult. Sadness, for the pain of parting ways with the friends, people and second home that they grew in love with. As for the parents, happiness and satisfaction for the gift of gratitude that lies within the diplomas which their son or daughter achieved. After sometime, everybody gathered in the hall for the graduation ceremony. After a while, Ianthe proudly stepped up and took over the stage for her speech.
“First of all, I want to thank everybody who came just to witness and to share this momentous episode of our lives. A few minutes from now, we all have to face a fresh beginning of another adventure in our lives. The life out there is cruel. College life is not easy compared to high school life. When we get out of this hall, everything will never be the way they used to be. I know most of us here have this fear nestling in our bosoms. And that’s pretty normal. It’s because we don’t know what’s in store for us once we get to our preferred school. It won’t be like the first day of classes in high school in which we have friends who will welcome us and talk to us. Despite that fear, think of the positives. In our venture throughout college, we’re given a greater span of chance to expand our capacities, a chance to start over again and live who you want to be and such. We’re granted this momentous chance to enhance ourselves into a better person. There’s no other way to live college life than to enjoy and live it up to the fullest. We all know that it would be very difficult for all of us to adjust but, think of it. We had gone far enough and this is no time to halt. Students, reminisce every struggle in which tears, pain, difficulty and disheartening instances which tried to drag you down. Those are vast obstacles and not everybody had been able to get pass through those. But look at you people present at this moment. You had made it. In which this only proves that all of you are capable to survive in our next degree of education. And for our dear parents, faculty, staffs, visitors and rest, we would want to thank you all for making this possible for us. We are truly grateful ‘because we wouldn’t have reached this far without your guidance, help, love, care and perseverance. And today, please do accept this piece of gratitude in which we’re going to receive. Thank you very much and may everyone have a great time to remember for all time. God bless you all and good luck! “Ianthe ended her speech.
Everybody clapped their heart out for such an inspirational speech. Before she left the stage, she ran her eyes onto everybody in the hall. She knew in our heart that all of them have a bright future in store for them. Her eyes caught Kenneth and she also knew that she also has a very fruitful future in store for her. And just as she made her way to the stairs to the crowd, with a warm smile on her lips and with tears of joy coursing down her face, she mumbled.
“Nothing can ever replace this joyous moment.”