Lately, I’ve been whispering a lot. It’s not because I’m spending my time in quiet rooms where I have no choice but to whisper, or because I’m trying to annoy everyone around me by speaking silently: it’s just because I have a cold and lost my voice. It’s on the mend, but last week I had to whisper quite frequently (in a class debate, even). So, this past week has been, among other things, the week Sherina stopped speaking and began whispering. That’s not the only reason this post is titled that, though.

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted something in a while. How long that “while” is, I’m not exactly sure; I hesitate to check, actually, because I feel so bad about not posting anything. It feels like it’s been forever since I hopped onto WordPress and clicked ‘Publish Post’. Once my exams are over, I hope to begin blogging more: I’ve missed it!

Even though I haven’t been blogging and writing, I’ve kept pretty busy. I’ve been doing mostly school-related things: working on end-of-semester projects, studying for exams, writing speeches for classes and practicing them in a hushed whisper. I’ve also been finishing up co-curricular activities, and doing everything I can to prepare myself for the reality that very soon I will be walking across a stage to receive my high-school diploma.

I’m sad that I’m graduating – I found myself tearing up this morning as I arrived at school for my last full day – but it’s a weird kind of happy sad, if that makes sense. I’ll miss my friends, and my teachers, and co-curriculars and activities, but I’m so happy that I made those friends and had those experiences in the first place. I’m also so proud of what I’ve accomplished in my time in high-school. When I began at my new school I was terrified, but I somehow channelled that into working hard to leave my comfort zone and get involved. I’ve never looked back since.

I created this blog mere weeks after I started at my new school, so it’s been a pretty big part of my experiences. My posts throughout the years have reflected my growth as a student, writer, and person. In my first post, which you can read here, I wrote about adjusting to being at a new school. And now, three years later, I’m writing about graduating from that same school. It’s crazy how time flies… but it’s great when you have a blog to document it all.

Before I had this blog, I wrote for the student column of my local newspaper. When I was graduating from elementary school, I wrote an article about my attitude towards graduation. In that article, I used a quote from Richard Halliburton: “Just a month from now, I’m set adrift, with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerves for oars.” Little did I know that several years later, I would be reading that article and feeling the exact same way about post-secondary school.

I’m not too nervous, though; because of the great experiences I have had in high school, I am excited for what the future will bring. This summer, in addition to writing more, I’m going to spend time with family and friends and hopefully do some travelling. In the fall, I’ll be studying journalism (because, you know, I kind of enjoy this writing thing).

I’ll be thinking about what’s coming in my future as I walk across the stage to receive my diploma, but I’ll also be thinking about the amazing memories I’ve made in the past; this blog among them. I’ve had an amazing journey throughout high school, and I’m glad I have been able to share it with you through my writing. Throughout my time in high school, this blog has reminded me to speak up about what is important to me and what I believe in. And recently, it’s reminded me that sometimes, it’s okay to whisper for a while.