When Sherina Stopped Speaking

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.

 

28 thoughts on “When Sherina Stopped Speaking

  1. Congrats on your upcoming graduation! I can remember how it felt to leave high school – I was especially nervous about going off to college/uni, but those next four years were some of the best ones of my life – I learned so much and met so many people. Then, it was time to graduate again, and i was nervous about leaving those friends and familiar places and going off into the real world. Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes, but if I can offer you an advice it would be to stay in touch with the friends you have now. It’s way too easy to drift apart!

  2. Congratulations on graduating! Though I’m not graduating quite yet, I can relate to what you wrote. Almost all of us have been through that exams stage, when it gets hard to write, and we understand. 🙂

    It’s amazing that you wrote for your local newspaper, and I hope you enjoy your new school! I miss seeing your posts, they are always written so well — I love your writing style! Hope to see you around more!

    Love,
    Aditi

  3. Very nicely written and I smiled the entire time I was reading it. Someone told me once “The older you get the faster time goes.” I didn’t really put much thought into it, but as the years went by I realized it’s true! Best wishes to you – and I hope you get your voice back soon!

  4. Hey Sherina,

    Congrats on the graduation! Came across your blog on Community Pool and I can totally relate to not checking how long you’ve been absent from the blogging scene because that’s me too!

    You have a fun and engaging writing style and I loved reading your post. Following you!
    If you love reading, do check out my blog and let me know what you think!

    Happy Blogging and enjoy your new wings!

  5. If you yourself did not tell that you are an occasional writer, i am sure no one can know about it. Your lush green ideas, appropriate use of words, fluency and sentence structure make your blog marvelous.

  6. Hi! Congratulations! It’s a new beginning for you after graduation and I wish you all the best for your future studies. It’s great that you share your life experiences as that’s what really motivates people.

  7. Congrats for your graduation! I still have one year at university, it feels like forever 😀
    Loving your writing skills, If you feel like, please check out my articles and let me know what you think.

  8. I took a look at your blog. Read a few posts and I wasn’t disappointed.
    I think I’ll give you a follow 🙂
    Congratulations in graduating by the way. I hope you make something of your degree, God knows I didn’t

  9. Hey Sherina,
    I liked the way you have used ‘Whispering’ as a metaphor for not posting for a while. Your post is refreshing and I can totally relate to how you feel, as I myself was away from my blog for one whole year, before I made a fresh start. But what can we do? You gotta set your priorities in order. Unless you go professional, it’s all right to whisper sometimes 🙂
    Anyways, good luck with your impending graduation and your aspirations. And please take care of your throat, as I wish to hear/read more from you.

  10. Congrats on that graduation and always remember that college is a great time for a fresh start! New friends, new things to discover, new hobbies , and a new you. Reinvent yourself and always be positive! Love this post! Please check out my blog 🙂

  11. I always feel like that when I have a long break from writing, even if it’s just writing in a diary for myself or on the blog for anyone to read, it always feels good to write and get things out!
    I would definitely recommend travelling in your summer break, travelling is the best thing I’ve ever done in my life and it’s a great inspiration for writing and really opens your mind to a whole new world!
    Enjoyed reading and looking forward to seeing what your summer brings!

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