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It's hard to wrap my head around the fact that I'm graduating today. A part of me feels like it was yesterday that I went to my first football game, failed my first English paper, played my first field hockey game... the list goes on and on. I think what makes high school graduations so particularly special is the fact that you go in one person, and you come out completely evolved. Compared to college, high school is a time of actual growth; high school is the time where you develop and discover who you truly are, and over the last four years, I don't think I could have done any better job of that.

When I remember how my life used to be graduating eighth grade, it's incredible to notice the changes. There are the big differences, like the fact that I've lived in three houses over these four years, my parents are now divorced, and like, maybe the fact that I never thought I'd ever have a boyfriend (if we are being totally honest I'm just putting that out there...). There are little things that have changed too. As a freshman, I never would have had the confidence to say half the things that I proudly do now, or I never wanted anyone to find out I had a blog. That one is actually pretty funny for me because I used to be so embarrassed of TBP and just last week at our all-school assembly I won an award for "most likely to become a famous blogger".

Tonight when I put on my white dress and gloves and I look like I'm getting married, I'll probably cry, but I will definitely also look back on these four years as the best of my life (so far!). The happiness and joyful moments that have come from all of the friends and people who have made me the person I am, with whom I created the most wonderful memories, will never be forgotten and will always hold a special place in my heart. Going to an all girls Catholic high school was the best decision I could have made for myself and although sometimes the lows felt that they overwhelmed the highs (I'm looking at you, sophomore year), I wouldn't trade this ride overall for anything in the world.

I am so incredibly blessed and thankful for every wonderful person who has supported me and I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to have had such a wonderful education, and four more years of it to come. As anyone would be, I am sad to leave my high school, my 157 sisters, and my home as I move 12 hours away, but I am excited for Lehigh and cannot wait to see what the next four years have in store.

I also just want to share this poem, because it feels fitting for today, and I find it so beautiful.


(If you'd like to see peeks of my graduation behind the scenes, add me on Snapchat @franacciardo. I posted a ton for baccalaureate mass last night, I will definitely be posting today, and tomorrow is my graduation party!)

1 comment

  1. Congrats Frannie! So excited to read all about your adventures in college!


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