Managing Editor Cindy Ciotta

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Over the course of my time on The Wigwam, I’ve had the honor of writing over 50 stories. It’s odd to consider the thought of this being my last.

Freshmen year was my least favorite. You’re at that fresh-out-of-middle-school stage. No one can drive yet. And if you’re anything like me, you probably thought you were a lot cooler than you actually were. Biggest lesson freshmen year: GPA matters and you actually should try.

Sophomore year I met some of my best friends who I love, and even wrote my first ever Wigwam story. I had to take the bus a couple of times; I will never forget the time I waited in front of my neighborhood an entire hour and a half because the bus broke down and my dad had to drive out from his office in Dallas to come pick me up. Sophomore Spanish class was a lot more difficult than I anticipated, not gonna lie. But through that, and my chemistry class,  I learned the huge help that comes with study groups. Biggest lesson sophomore year: study groups help a bunch and buses are not nearly as reliable as your dad.

Junior year. Oh, junior year. The first time I could drive to school and the most AP classes ever. Busy was an understatement, but at the time it just felt normal. Through NAHS, VASE competitions, competing at state with DECA, UIL for journalism, Student Council, Operation Beautiful, and also trying to get A’s in AP classes, it was a hustle. Nonetheless, it was incredibly fun with the help of all my favorite people.  Biggest lesson junior year was probably the importance of time management to do it all.

Before I knew it, it was the summer before my senior year. Tiki Hut, shopping, dual gov and econ online, and spending every moment with friends — it was odd how quickly all of a sudden it was time to paint my senior spot. Then senior year started, and everything revolved around applying to college. I will say it’s been super helpful having off periods to do that, so if you’re a junior and wondering if you should allow off periods, the answer is yes. Well, senior year has been a breeze. It’s been a lot of lasts and a lot of looking forward to new beginnings. The biggest lesson I learned my senior year is to enjoy the journey. As cliche as it sounds, the days are long, but the years are short.

I am so grateful for all people who have been apart of this journey with me. My parents, friends, and the teachers who made it great. I am grateful to Ms. Lemke for being my teacher the past three years and always having something funny but very true to say. She has made this class enjoyable and very useful, and so fun to brighten the mood when waiting around at the UIL competitions and have Goldfish® handy.