Jacob Blauvelt, Reporter

92 Days. To some, this may just seem like any other number, but for many here at Cypress Creek this two-digit number means opportunity and freedom. This number signifies how many days until the class of 2019 steps away from high school life and graduates at the USF Sun Dome. Graduation gives you the chance to go out into the real world, without the distractions of high school. 2,208 Hours. Some of you may be counting the hours. You might not want to leave, as high school life is the only thing you know. You may not be ready for the world outside of school, but it is inevitable. So, you try to make the most of every hour.

Graduating High School means you successfully passed all four years of high school. It means you got your diploma. It means you can go to college, to the armed forces or to work. It means four years of memories starting to come to a close. It means you’re about to have the best summer vacation with your best friends. Then three months later, you will be attending your dream school.

But for many seniors, graduation means so much more.

It means freedom and opportunity.
You are given the chance to go out into the world and do what you want. To choose a career or school that’s perfect for you. It means being able to find pride and enjoyment in your life, school, and work.

It means that all your hard work over the last four years was worth it.
All those grueling late nights staying up and cramming for a test to get an A. All the honors, AP, and DE courses that people didn’t think you could pass. The note-taking, the highlighting. Missing out on parties to do homework, projects, and papers. That determination is what allows you to walk across the stage proudly.

It means you survived all the drama.
You got past your insecurities and school bullies. You let go of the disagreement with your best friend. You moved on from the heartbreak from your ex. You toughed out all the petty and fake people, the popular kids and the cliques. You fought through some of the hardest battles, but you came out victorious.

It means an opportunity to start over.
You have the opportunity to go to a new school, with new friends, and new classes. Not everyone will know your past and everything about you. You get a chance to really find out who you are as a person and figure out what you want to do with your life. You can be yourself, and you can be happy doing it. All the while holding onto things or people that are important to you.

It means you beat the odds.
When you came from a rough background or struggled in school. When you had more obstacles than most to get through. You did not have the chance to take the easy route. But you proved them all wrong.

It means you lived through the agony of high school.
It means the happiest and proudest day of some people’s lives. It’s your chance to show everyone that you made it and that you have the potential to achieve something great in life. It means that you can accomplish your dreams because you’ve already reached one.

Lastly, it gives you a chance to look back.
Whether or not you enjoyed high school, it was and will always be a major part of your life. Graduating gives you a chance to look back at what you did with an outside view. Maybe it was not as bad as you think. Somethings you will regret, something you will be glad you did not do. Regardless, you will have to carry that with you for the rest of your life, so make the most of it.

At the end of this 92-day period, after counting down the 2,208 hours, I know I will be happy with what I have accomplished. Sure, I could have been more involved in clubs or athletics, but maybe I would not be in the situation I am in today. Moving on from close friends, teachers, and memories will, of course, be tough, but take advantage of the time you have. Soon, you will be headed down a new path throughout your life, whether it is college, going into the armed forces, or starting to work, you get to choose who and what to take with you.